Anurag Dasgupta ∙ Jan 15 2023, 6:30 AM

Meg Lanning 'feeling refreshed' after an extended break from cricket

image-lcwxuyzjLanning is returning after almost six months [Source: Twitter]

Meg Lanning says that an extended break from the game did wonders for her as she prepares to lead the Australian side once again.

Lanning, 30, took an indefinite break from cricket after leading her side to the Commonwealth Games glory in August, last year. Monday's ODI game against Pakistan women will be her first assignment as the skipper since that break.

Lanning speaks

"I have learnt a lot over the last six months," said Lanning, speaking at Sunday's launch of the Pakistan series.

"Certainly part of it is how much that talking to people can help you work through what you are thinking about. I had a lot of support along the way from a lot of different people and that certainly made it a lot easier, but there is certainly no shame in putting your hand up and saying that you need a bit of a break and you might need some help with that."

Lanning stated that she came to a conclusion few months ago that playing cricket was something she wanted to keep doing.

"I've loved the game as long as I've been playing and there is still a fair bit I want to achieve. I feel like I have a lot to give the game both from an individual point of view and with the team as well. Just being back around the group yesterday, training and getting back into it has been really exciting."

Pakistan women's tour of Australia starts from January 16, with the first ODI taking place in Brisbane.

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