Who can be Australia Women's next captain?
Meg Lanning has taken an indefinite break from cricket (PC: Twitter)
The Australian skipper Meg Lanning has taken an indefinite break from cricket in order to 'spend more time with herself'. Lanning has been an excellent leader for the team, the latest achievement for her being the Gold medal win in the Commonwealth Games 2022. Her absence will surely create a vacuum. The team management will have particularly hard thinking to do in order to select their next leader.
Let us look at some of the candidates who might succeed Lanning to the role.
Beth Mooney (PC: Twitter)
Beth Mooney is the opening batter for Australia. She is one of the main reasons why Australia looks invincible. Mooney along with Alyssa Healy has been giving the Australian side some solid starts for years now.
The fact that she is only 28 years old can be big advantage for Australia as she could be a long term solution for the leadership role. Also, Mooney having experience as a skipper of her state team will be an added advantage for the team.
Alyssa Healy has been an integral part of the Australian set up (PC: Twitter)
Alyssa Healy has been playing the role of wicketkeeper-batter for the Australian team for 2010. Being a part of the team for 12 years Healy is definitely already a member of the leadership team. Healy has played 232 international matches for the team and is well acquainted with the team culture and dressing room environment.
Although age might be a negative factor for her as she is 32, but the team could look at her as one who could groom a younger leader who can take the team to greater glories in future.
Tahlia McGrath in action for Australia (PC: Twitter)
Tahlia McGrath appears to be the most promising youngster of the current Australian set up. Aged 26 years, McGrath has been a part of just 36 international matches for the team.
But Tahlia has been a very impactful performer in the short time. She can effect the match with both the ball and the bat. It might be a bit early to hand her the responsibility, but the grind of international cricket might bring out the best out of her and forge a great leader.
These three seems to be the most suited candidate to be at the helm of the Australian team at present. But there are also other options that Australia can also look to such as Megan Schutt and Ashleigh Gardner.
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