Meg Lanning was named as the new captain of the Melbourne Stars for the upcoming season of the WBBL.
Just recently, Meg Lanning returned to the Melbourne Stars after having spent two seasons with the Perth Scorchers. Now, she has been renamed as the captain of the team, making her take over the role that Elyse Villani took last year.
Having led the Stars before, Lanning says, ‘I'm looking forward to leading the Melbourne Stars again and building on the great work Elyse Villani has done. It's a privilege to be captain and we're pretty happy with how our squad looks ahead of the tournament. More than anything, I'm really looking forward to getting back to playing cricket, firstly with Australia and then with Stars in WBBL’.
As Lanning came back to the team, the club also signed up Bhavi Devchand who is also a former Scorchers player. Welcoming her, Lanning says, ‘Bhavi is obviously new to the Stars team and the Victorian squad this season. We're looking forward to having her involved in WBBL and I'm sure she'll take a lot from the opportunity’.
In the last season of the WBBL, the Stars finished at the bottom of the rankings table. They also happened to be the only club to have never made it to the finals. With the return of Lanning as the team captain and with Trent Woodhill as the coach, it is expected that some changes will be seen.
As per Woodhill, ‘We've made some changes for this season which I hope will start to make that difference at key points in matches. I'm delighted Meg has agreed to return to the captaincy, and I'd like to thank Elyse for her leadership over the last 12 months - she has done a fantastic job’.
‘I think we're in a pretty good place. In recent seasons we've been able to make some competitive totals with the bat but have struggled to take key wickets and really break a game open’, he added.
WBBL 2020 will kick off in October after having been postponed due to the pandemic. To learn more about the different clubs of the WBBL, visit Betwala and check out its male league counterpart, the BBL.
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