Meg Lanning, captain of the Australian women's team, has decided to take an indefinite leave of absence from cricket.
Lanning, who just finished another successful campaign with Australia (earlier this week winning a gold medal in Birmingham at the Commonwealth Games), takes a break from the game after a particularly hectic two and-a-half-year period in which her team won the T20I World Cup, the ODI World Cup, and the home Ashes series.
"After a busy couple of years, I've made the decision to take a step back to enable me to spend time focusing on myself," Lanning said in a statement. "I'm grateful for the support of CA and my team-mates and ask that my privacy is respected during this time."
Cricket Australia (CA) fully supports the 30-year-old’s choice to take an indefinite break from the cricket. "We're proud of Meg for acknowledging that she needs a break and will continue to support her during this time," said Shawn Flegler, CA's head of performance, women's cricket.
"She's been an incredible contributor to Australian cricket over the last decade, achieving remarkable feats both individually and as part of the team, and has been a brilliant role model for young kids.
"The welfare of our players is always our number one priority, and we'll continue to work with Meg to ensure she gets the support and space she needs."