ACU student is named Belinda Clark Award winner as the leading women’s player.
The top-scoring opening batswoman won the award with 33 votes ahead of runner up Erin Osborne. Last year's winner, batter Jess Cameron, and all rounder Sarah Coyte were joint third. Belinda Clark presented the award – formerly the Women's International Player of the Year – to Meg Lanning at the Allan Border Medal ceremony in Sydney on Monday.
The 21-year-old from Melbourne was Australia's leading run scorer in the voting period.
The award capped a stellar year for Meg, who was runner-up in the award last year.
She played a total of 17 matches in the voting period, amassing 684 runs at an average of 36.00 with a superb strike rate of 78.53. During the period she notched up five half centuries and one century.
She was named Player-of-the-Series in the WT20 INTL Series against New Zealand, and an ICC Women's World Cup victory in India, where she scored her fourth career one day international century.
Named vice-caption of the national team in December, Meg stepped into the leading role recently when captain Jodie Fields was injured, making her the youngest Australian cricket captain, male or female.
After the award was announced, Meg talked Cricket Australia about the last 12 months : "There have been a lot of highs and a lot of lows. Winning the world cup was a really good moment". But she is currently focused on the task at hand: the Ashes series which she said Australia still has as chance of winning.
"We're in the middle of a really important series. Now need to win five from five. It's a challenge for us but we're going to be attacking."
Meg started playing cricket in the backyard when she was 10 and at school before joining a team at her local club.
"Cricket is a big part of my life, but it's important to have a career outside cricket so when I finally do finish playing I'll have something to fall back on," she said. "Naturally, I would love to have a job within the sporting industry, and this is why I chose to study exercise and health science at ACU."