Which player recently scored over 400 runs in two innings over the space of just eight days? If your answer is Michael Clarke you are wrong.
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and Vic Spirit starlet Meg Lanning backed up a thumping innings of 175 off 143 balls against the ACT Meteors in the WNCL on November 10 with a monumental 241 not out off just 136 balls for Box Hill against Melbourne last Sunday in Victoria’s premier club competition.
Lanning’s record knock, which included 34 fours and four sixes, surpassed the previous VCWA record which was held by former Box Hill clubmate Rachael Haynes.
Although she scored at a blistering rate during both innings Lanning identified concentration as a key factor in her remarkable purple patch.
“I’ve been focussing on being patient early in my innings, giving myself time to settle in, and that’s been paying off for the last few weeks,” said the talented stroke-maker.
Lanning made her debut for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars two seasons ago at the age of just 18 and made an immediate impact, scoring an unbeaten century against World Cup champions England in only her second ODI.
The top-order batter not only has a penchant for high scores but tends to favour the big stage, top-scoring for the Spirit in the final of the 2010/11 WT20 competition, clubbing 128 against India at the Wankhede Stadium last March, and performing consistently throughout Australia’s victorious World T20 campaign in Sri Lanka.
Lanning described her experience in Sri Lanka as highly memorable.
“I wasn’t too sure what to expect at first but to go on and beat England who had been so strong and come away with the trophy, I couldn’t ask any more from a personal or team perspective,” she said.
Closer to home Lanning is looking to help Victoria retain the WT20 crown for a fourth consecutive season, but she is also determined to help the Spirit “knock off New South Wales” in the WNCL with the Vics finishing runners-up to the Breakers in four of the past five seasons in the 50-over format.
Not content with flaying opposition bowlers to all parts of the ground, Lanning also revealed that she has been working on her medium-pace bowling.
“I’ve been doing a fair bit of work on my bowling. It’s hard to get a bowl here at Victoria because we’ve got so many options but I’ve been working hard in the off-season so in the next couple of years hopefully I’ll become a genuine bowling option.”
Aside from her skills with bat and ball the 20-year-old has also gained some experience captaining her state, however Lanning is not yet thinking about one day taking over the reins at international level from Jodie Fields.
“No I haven’t really thought about it too much to be honest. I’m happy to let Jodie look after the captaincy and just see what happens,” she said.
Fields will lead a strong Australian side in the upcoming Rose Bowl series against New Zealand, starting on December 12, however Lanning admitted that the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are already looking ahead towards the 2013 World Cup in India.
“The Rose Bowl is coming up in a couple of weeks, that’ll be a good challenge for us, but the World Cup is certainly on everyone’s minds, we’re all thinking about that.”
With an enormous appetite for runs, ability with the ball and developing leadership skills, Meg Lanning is set for a big summer and an even bigger future.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 21 November, 2012 9:50AM AEST