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Meg Lanning gives lockdown batting masterclass to Ireland Women

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Australia captain Meg Lanning shared some tips with the Ireland Women’s side earlier this week, joining former Ireland captain Isobel Joyce for a batting masterclass.

Both Lanning and Joyce joined up with the Ireland squad in a virtual session which included clips of them batting. Up for analysis was Lanning’s T20I century against England at Chelmsford last year, then the highest score in Women’s T20Is.

Lanning hit an unbeaten 133 off 63 balls to extend Australia’s lead in the multi-format Ashes series they won 12-4. Earlier this year, the 28-year-old led Australia to their fifth T20 World Cup title.

The Ireland squad were also taken through Joyce’s 22 not out from 14 balls against Bangladesh in 2018 which led to a final-ball win.

Ed Joyce, Ireland Women’s head coach, chaired the session and said: “It was exceptionally generous of Meg to contribute her time to the session, particularly given that it was the evening in Australia when she joined the masterclass.

“Both she and Isobel were expansive and engaging in how they talked through their preparation and thought processes going into big games, as well as drilling down on areas such as shot selection and preparing multiple plans for opponents they came up against.”

“The clear message from both players to our young squad is – get to know what you’re good at, and focus on becoming the best you can be at that.”

“We analysed Meg’s T20I century against England at Chelmsford in 2019 as a case study in forward planning and adjusting your game to suit the conditions on the day, while Isobel based part of her piece on the dramatic last-ball run chase victory over Bangladesh at Pembroke in 2018. Both innings provided valuable insights for our squad in taking control of an innings and playing your natural game when the pressure is on.”

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