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Friday, December 09, 2022

Meg Lanning steps down as Victoria captain, Sophie Molineux takes over

Lanning took over the state captaincy in 2014 at age 22, but commitments to Australia limited the number of appearances she was able to make in the WNCL.

While there is a window at the start of next season with Australia not playing internationally at the end of September as they have in recent summers, more international duty will limit Lanning’s matches.

“It was a great honor Captain Victoria and I love representing my state,” said Lanning. “The Victorian team has some fantastic young leaders and I’m excited to continue working with them for seasons to come.”

Molineux, who also captains the Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL, is currently out of the squad, having had his 2021-22 season cut short by injury and losing his central contract earlier this year.

“Coming from rural Victoria, it’s a privilege to be named captain of the state,” she said. “I really enjoyed the challenge of captaining the Renegades and am looking forward to the next few years with Victoria.

“Playing and learning from Meg since I started at Victoria has been a great experience, she has an amazing understanding of the game, I hope I can take some of that into my own game.”

Cricket Victoria women’s cricket boss Sharelle McMahon said Lanning endorsed Molineux as the standout candidate.

“We are fortunate to have Meg’s leadership skills to support Sophie and the entire cast for years to come,” she said. “Sophie has done a fantastic job leading the Renegades and has long been seen as a leader in Victorian cricket. This is an excellent opportunity to hone her leadership skills with our group of players.

“Nicole Faltum did a great job taking on the role last season and will continue to play an important role in supporting Sophie.”

The expanded WNCL, which will now feature teams playing each other twice, begins on September 23.

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