“The decision to step away from international cricket was a difficult one to make, but I feel now is the right time for me. I've been incredibly fortunate to enjoy a 13-year international career, but I know now is the right time for me to move on to something new,”

"Team success is why you play the game, I'm proud of what I have been able to achieve and will cherish the moments shared with teammates along the way," Lanning said in a statement.

"I'd like to thank my family, my teammates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association for their support to allow me to play the game I love at the highest level," she said. "I also want to say a huge thank you to all the fans who have supported me throughout my international career."

Lanning's Achievements

Lanning led her team to four T20 World Cup titles, one ODI World Cup, and also the Commonwealth Games gold last year. 

Among her several records as a batter, Lanning is the youngest to score an international century (104* vs England in Perth in 2011, age 18 and 288 days) and she also holds the record for the fastest century for Australia in Women's ODIs (45-ball 100 against New Zealand in 2012 in Sydney). 

Lanning also captained Delhi Capitals at the inaugural Women's Premier League earlier this year, finishing as runners-up.

Since the Commonwealth Games, Lanning missed several series. She wasn't part of the Australian setup for this year's tours of England, Ireland, and also a home series against the West Indies. 

She had also missed Australia's tour of India in 2022, opting to take a six-month break. While Alyssa Healy was named the interim captain then, Australia will now look for a permanent new skipper as they embark on a multi-format tour to India next month.

Praise for Lanning's Contributions

Praising her contributions to Australian cricket, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said: “One of the finest cricketers Australia has produced, Meg's supreme achievements with the bat have been matched by her inspiring leadership. As one of the best players in the world over a long period of time, Meg has made an immeasurable impact and led a generation which has helped revolutionize the game.”

"Under Meg's leadership, the Australian women's cricket team has built a legacy of global dominance and has been at the forefront of growing the game and inspiring the next generation of cricketers all around the world. A seven-time World Cup winner and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Meg retires from international cricket having achieved everything there is to achieve and we thank her for the immense contribution she has made.

"We look forward to celebrating Meg's distinguished international career at an appropriate time," he added.