Meg Lanning top-scored for Australia with 56 on a fine day in London.
Meg Lanning, 21, is fast becoming a superstar of women’s cricket. She swings hard and swings often, as she did last week when she blasted 104 against England in the Australian women’s Ashes Test in the UK.
Despite her young age, the exercise science student from ACU’s Melbourne Campus has made a big impact at both domestic and international levels.
Lanning made her domestic debut for Victoria in 2008 at the age of 16 and quickly settled into the top order. In December 2012 at the age of 20 she broke the record for the fastest 50 and fastest 100 in a One Day International by an Australian female cricketer.
Lanning considers her Test debut as a significant and long-awaited milestone.
"It's been the main goal of mine over the past few years to play a Test match. To get a baggy green is something all cricketers strive for, women included," she told The Age.
"If there's ball to be hit, whether it's the first ball or the 10th ball, I'm still going to want to hit it. I think that's the way I'm going to be successful in the Test match, by playing my natural game."
"I don't want to go into my shell and be poking around a little bit."
"It's going to be a challenge for a lot of us. We're quite naturally aggressive, a lot of the batters, so it's going to be something we're going to have to look at, how we approach the innings," she said.
"Occupying the crease is really important, but it's just about decision-making really, to wait for the ball you can hit rather than just make something out of nothing, which sometimes you do in the shorter formats."
Australia's Test opening partnership is likely to replicate its one-day approach, with the more-restrained Rachael Haynes partnering Lanning. Haynes is also an ACU student.
Lanning and Haynes are part of ACU’s Elite Athletes Program – providing support and flexible study options for athletes competing at a high level, so that academic and elite sporting aspirations can be successfully combined.
In support of elite athletes, ACU collaborates with the Australian Institute of Sport and other national or state bodies representing elite athletes in various sporting endeavours and, at a local level, with Athlete Career and Education (ACE) Advisors nominated by those bodies.
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