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Aussie captain to encourage future sportstars

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April 27, 2018

Australian Women's Cricket Team skipper Meg Lanning pictured batting for the Melbourne Stars. Lanning will be the guest speaker at the Kyabram Sportstar Awards. Photo: The Herald Sun

CRICKET superstar and Australian Women’s Team captain Meg Lanning will be the main drawcard for the 2018 Infinity Sportstar of the Year awards night.

The Sportstar awards are set to be held on May 16 at the Kyabram Club from 8pm, with tickets from just $12.

Lanning began her professional cricket career in 2008 when she debuted for Victoria, aged just 16.

She quickly settled into the top order and stamped herself as a young prodigy of the sport.

Since then, Lanning has gone on to play 74 Twenty20 matches for Australia at an average of 34.50, and is averaging an incredible 53 across 66 One Day Internationals (ODI).

Despite being just 26, Lanning holds the record for the most ODI centuries by any woman – smashing 11 in her career to date.

She was also the first player, male or female, to score 2000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals.

In just her second ODI aged 18 years and 288 days, Lanning made 103 not out off 148 balls. In doing so she became the country’s youngest ever centurion – male or female.

All of these statistics, along with the fact cricketers can play into their mid-30s, lead many to believe Lanning will finish her career as the greatest player women’s cricket has ever seen.

Sportstar committee member Russell Jarrett from Infinity Gym – who is the main sponsor of the event – said all the sporting talent in the room will be able to learn a thing or two off Lanning.

“Her back ground was in hockey and cricket, she was very good at both, she is very high profile,” Jarrett said.

Jarrett will run a question and answer with Lanning, taking the crowd through her career and the dedication it takes to get to the top.

“She will be at the Kyabram Club all night for the photographs and signatures and everything else.

“We will show some vision on the night and I think people will appreciate just how powerful and talented she is.

‘‘She can hit the ball anywhere on the ground and I reckon there are only about three women in the world that can do that.

“She is current as well, at the top of her game right now which makes her more interesting I feel.

“The Sportstar awards make for a really good night where sport achievement and participation is recognised.”

Keep an eye out for the Sportstar nominations in next week’s Free Press.

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