Australia Women’s team skipper Meg Lanning has joined her national teammates Rachael Haynes and Elyse Villani in undertaking a Level 3 High-Performance coaching course.
Well, it will be held at the Brisbane’s National Cricket Centre (NCC). She is hopeful to improve during the procedure and take it to a new level.
“We saw it as a good chance to develop our understanding of the game and see it from a different perspective). 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,” cricket.com.au quoted Lanning as saying.
“It’s something I’ve spoken to (head coach) Matthew Mott about a fair bit, and he’s been very encouraging. It does give you a different perspective on things and makes you think about things differently. It’s also a chance to extend yourself,” Lanning maintained.
“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 further added.
Meg Lanning hadn’t considered coaching as a serious option:
Earlier, Lanning hasn’t considered coaching as a viable option following her playing days. If she does decide to head down to the same path she will join an elite list of female coaches, back home in particular.
Alex Blackwell is the pioneer of the coaching stint. Blackwell was appointed as Lancashire’s mentor in English Twenty20 Super League who stood down in February.
Cricket Australia’s (CA) elite female program is headed by Leah Poulton, the former Australian batswoman.
Meanwhile, Shelley Nitschke has been appointed as the assistant coach of the women’s national team. Matthew Mott is the head coach of the team.
“It’s a space that’s evolved over the last three or four years. We’ve got Shelley Nitschke as part of our Australian setup 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,” Lanning said.
“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 further added.