WBBL 2023-24 – Lanning Coy back on availability for India tour

captain of australia meg lanning He is confident that he has more good cricket in him, but has refused to cast doubt on his availability for the upcoming tour of India.

After missing the Ashes in England earlier this year due to health concerns, Lanning is back in action ahead of Melbourne Stars’ WBBL campaign. The 31-year-old player declined to elaborate on his second extended break from the game in the last two years.

Lanning missed Australia’s recent home series against the West Indies but may come to India for the historic day-night Test in Mumbai in December.

“I haven’t thought that far ahead (about India),” Lanning said in his first media appearance in more than six months on Tuesday.

“I’m back playing some cricket, which is good.

“I’m really enjoying it, and I still feel like I have something more to give, but exactly what that looks like, I’m not sure.”

As far as a return to Australia captaincy is concerned, Lanning said she “hasn’t really gotten that far”.

“I’m worrying about the next few weeks with the stars,” she said.

Lanning admitted she barely watched any Ashes during Alyssa Healy’s Australia captaincy as they retained the title in England due to a drawn series.

She retired the bat after finishing the inaugural Women’s Premier League with Delhi Capitals in March.

“I haven’t batted for a long time,” Lanning said.

“Maybe I needed to go to WNCL a little bit.

“But I have played a lot of cricket over the years so I think the skills are there.

“It’s just about getting into a confident position and feeling good in my mind that I can go out there and play. I feel like I’m in that position now.”

Lanning took a break from cricket after Australia’s gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last year and returned for the home series against Pakistan in January.

He led Australia to the Twenty20 World Cup title in South Africa in February, before taking leave again on the eve of the Ashes on medical grounds.

Lanning Stars will open the WBBL season with a match against the Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval on Thursday night.

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