The CA Board unanimously approved Lanning’s appointment based on a recommendation from the Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP) following former ODI captain Jodie Fields’ retirement from international cricket.
Lanning stepped in as interim captain during the 2014 Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series earlier this year and was appointed the T20 captain ahead of the 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20, in which she led the team to victory in Bangladesh.
When she stepped in as captain in January at the age of 21 years and 200 days she became the youngest person – male or female - to captain an Australian cricket team, surpassing the women’s record of 22 years and 351 days by Lyn Larsen and men's record of 22 years and 194 days by Ian Craig. Lanning is the 22nd player to captain the Australian Women’s side.
Speaking about Lanning’s appointment Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP) Chair Julie Savage said: “As a young captain, Meg performed extremely well in the recent 2014 Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series and the 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
“During her time as T20 captain Meg proved her leadership skills and capability. She has very good tactical ability, is an aspirational leader and manages relationships well. She is also widely respected by her peers and team management.
“To captain your country is a great honour and responsibility and we congratulate Meg and wish her all the best in the role.”
Blackwell has previously been captain and vice-captain of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and enjoyed great success during her time in these positions, including leading the team to the 2010 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title.
Speaking about Blackwell’s appointment as ODI and T20 vice-captain Savage said: “Alex is a very experienced leader within the team. When she has previously held the positions of captain and vice-captain, Alex has demonstrated proven leadership capacity.
“Alex has played an important mentoring role for Meg during the early phases of her captaincy. She will continue to be a great support to Meg. Their skill sets complement each other and will allow the group to reach their potential.
Meg Lanning Career Highlights
· Made her international debut at the age of 18
· Number one ranked T20 batter in international women’s cricket
· Number four ranked ODI batter in international women’s cricket
· Member of teams that won 2012 & 2014 ICC Women’s World T20, 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup
· Holds the record for highest ever total by a female in international T20 cricket (126 from 65 balls)
· First Australian woman to score more than 1000 T20 runs
· Has scored more than 1000 ODI runs
· Holds the record for the fastest 100 ODI by an Australian cricketer – male or female. She made her century from 45 balls against New Zealand in December 2012
· Named in the Team of the Tournament for 2012 & 2014 ICC Women’s World T20
· Became the first woman to score 30 or more in five consecutive international T20s (2012 ICC Women’s World T20)
· Holds the record for the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) highest individual innings (175 runs, 2012).
· Holds the record for the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association (VWCA) highest individual innings (241, 2012)
· WNCL Player of the Series 2012/13
· WT20 Player of the Series 2011/12
· WT20 Player of the Final 2010/11