Lanning Appointed Australia Captain

Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning has replaced Jodie Fields as captain of Australia
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Meg Lanning is to succeed Jodie Fields, who announced her retirement yesterday, as the full-time captain of Australia Women.

Alex Blackwell has been confirmed as Lanning's vice-captain by the Cricket Australia (CA) Board.

Both Lanning as captain and Blackwell as vice-captain were recommended by the Women's National Selection Panel (WNSP).

Lanning captained Australia during the 2014 Women's Ashes and then led the side to victory in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh when Fields was absent through injury.

In doing so at the age of 21, she became the youngest Australian to captain the national team, beating the record of Lyn Larsen (female) and Ian Craig (male).

"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," WNSP Chair Julie Savage said.

"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."

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