Most satisfying win, says Meg Lanning
Australia team Meg Lanning said her team’s triumph in the Women’s World T20, beating England in the final at North Sound on Sunday, is the most satisfying win of her career.
Lanning’s team produced a brilliant performance with both ball and bat to thump England by eight wickets, claiming their fourth World T20 title in the process.
Lanning was part of two of those previous wins and the 2013 One-Day World Cup victory in Mumbai as well. But the win at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium was particularly sweet for her, especially after losing in the 2016 World T20 final at the Eden and World Cup semi-final exit last year.
“It’s definitely the most satisfying win I’ve been involved in, especially after the last couple of years,” Lanning said after the match.
“The last couple of World Cup exits for us hurt our team a lot. And we spoke about that as a group and not hiding away from that fact. But I think that the biggest thing has been that we’ve been able to learn and really grow as a group. We are really happy where we are as a group. Our culture is fantastic and we’re just really enjoying what we do, and I think we showed that out there.”
For Lanning, the win was a particularly satisfying reward for Australia’s consistency over the past few years. They' were No.1 in the team rankings for all but a couple of months since 2015, without winning a major title.
And with the next T20 World Cup to be played on home turf, Lanning desperately wants to see her team build on their Caribbean triumph.
“We want to be a very consistent cricket team and I think we have done that over the last few years without the success at world tournaments,” she said. “So hopefully, this win is sort of the start of something.
“I’ve got no doubt that this group is capable of something special. We’ve really put together an amazing squad and support staff to be able to move the game forward and be part of the women’s game, which is going to grow so much over the next couple of years.
“The T20 World Cup is in Australia in 2020, which is going to be massive and I think we’ve shown that we can be the world’s best team,” she added.
This triumph came after the toughest 12 months of the Australia captain’s career, which saw her sidelined for seven months with a shoulder injury after the World Cup exit, events that had an undeniable impact on Lanning as a player, captain and person. “There’s no doubt that I think that’s had a massive impact on the way I look at the game,” she said.