Seeing a contented Meg Lanning again in cricket and eager to play six weeks out from a T20 World Cup defence received Ellyse Perry pumped earlier than the famous person powered her manner to an enormous hundred for Victoria.
Lanning ended her six-month enjoying absence in Melbourne on Thursday and the Australian captain returned because the “identical Meg” after her self-imposed break based on Perry who blasted 147 in Victoria’s massive win over NSW.
Whereas Lanning was out for simply 29, Perry stated the skipper’s smile was extra necessary than the runs as she prepares to load up once more with a collection in opposition to Pakistan earlier than main Australia to the T20 World Cup in South Africa in February.
“Meg is among the finest gamers on the earth, probably the greatest we’ve ever seen. So, everytime you add somebody like that again into your facet, it’s nice,” Perry stated,
“However I feel most significantly, we’re all pumped that she’s eager to be again round enjoying. She appears actually glad and you already know, it’s simply it’s good to see Meg again within the cricket world once more.
“Within the grand scheme of her profession, six months out is a really brief time. So I don’t assume she’s misplaced something. All of us must get used to enjoying matches once more, that takes it a bit however in addition to that, she’s the identical Meg.”
Perry blasted 23 boundaries for the Vics in her hundred, her second within the competitors having additionally been the second-leading run-scorer within the WBBL.
Nicole Faltum, who took over the captaincy of the Melbourne Stars when Lanning stepped away, and is filling in for Sophie Molineux as Victorian skipper, additionally blasted her maiden WNCL century within the victory,
Whereas Lanning’s return didn’t include a giant rating, former Australian captain Belinda Clark, talking after a statue of her was unveiled in Sydney, stated there was little question the skipper can be again to her world-conquering finest after a “courageous” determination to take a break.
“It was courageous from Meg to step away when she realised that she wanted to step away,” Clark stated.
“You possibly can come again refreshed and I‘m hoping Meg’s received some nice cricket in entrance of her.
“Cricket‘s a recreation that requires you to be switched on the entire time so I feel you’ll see some nice Meg Lanning highlights within the subsequent couple of years. She’ll be nice.
“I‘m actually happy she’s again.”
Lanning will likely be again in motion for the Vics on Sunday earlier than re-starting her Australian duties for six video games in opposition to Pakistan.