Meg Lanning joins national teammates for Level 3 coaching course

Meg Lanning has played 66 ODI matches for Australia.

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In the hope of understanding the game better, Australia captain Meg Lanning has connected with her teammates Rachael Haynes and Elyse Villani to undertake High-Performance Level 3 coaching course at Brisbane's National Cricket Centre. 

"We saw it as a good chance to develop our understanding of the game and see it from a different perspective," Lanning told cricket.com.au on Thursday (June 21). "It's going to be a good learning curve for me, just for me to think about the game in a different way, how to get the best out of players and the environment you're in and learn a few new things.

"It's something I've spoken to (head coach) Matthew Mott about a fair bit, and he's been very encouraging," Lanning said. "It does give you a different perspective on things and makes you think about things differently. It's also a chance to extend yourself.

"I'm not sure (about coaching post retirement) to be honest, but part of doing the course is getting a feel for whether I do really enjoy it or not, and gives me a base to keep improving on while I'm playing." Lanning said on her post-retirement plans.

If Lanning considers coaching as a serious option after her retirement then she will be joining an illustrious list of female coaches. The skipper of Australia women cricket, Meg Lanning has scored more than 5000 runs in International cricket at a batting average of 53 in ODIs.

"It's a space that's evolved over the last three or four years," she said. "We've got Shelley Nitschke as part of our Australian set up and Leah Poulton is heading up the NPS program as well. I think there are processes in place now, so if you do want to get involved as a current player (who is considering) coaching down the track, you can start that journey while you're playing.

"There's definitely some really good knowledge being shared from past players at the moment, and the current players as well, in terms of coaching the next generation. So hopefully we can use that (knowledge) as much as we can," she added.

In the month of September, team Australia will be heading towards one of their busy schedules, taking part in two Women's World T20s, an away Ashes battle, and bilateral series' against New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies and Sri Lanka.

(Inputs from Cricbuzz) 
 


By Kunal Kataria - 21 Jun, 2018

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