Melbourne Stars Surprised as World's Top Batter Ends Up in Perth

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Melbourne Stars Surprised as World’s Top Batter Ends Up in Perth

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Melbourne Stars Skipper Meg Lanning Criticizes Nat Sciver-Brunt’s Unconventional Move to Perth Scorchers After Skipping WBBL Draft. Sciver-Brunt, the world’s No.1 batter in women’s ODIs, entered the tournament via a loophole, causing disappointment for Lanning and potential repercussions for the Stars. Despite having retention rights due to Sciver-Brunt’s previous stint, her unexpected route may impact the team’s dynamics. Lanning expressed her dissatisfaction, emphasizing the desire to have the best players in the competition and highlighting the unconventional nature of Sciver-Brunt’s decision.

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Lanning advocates for greater consistency in future WBBL seasons, especially if the draft model persists. The Melbourne Stars captain expressed frustration at not being able to utilize retention rights due to Nat Sciver-Brunt’s unconventional entry to the Perth Scorchers. She emphasized the impact on the team not only for the current season but also for future campaigns. Lanning highlighted the need for the draft system to align with planned strategies, suggesting a perceived shift in the goalposts. Despite challenges, Lanning expressed enthusiasm about leading new recruits and praised the recent form of Australian players Kim Garth and Annabel Sutherland in limited overs matches against the West Indies.

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Lanning emphasized the robust state of the WBBL but underscored the need to establish a unique selling point to attract top international talent as T20 competitions abroad expand. She proposed reducing the season from 14 to 10 matches to enhance cricket quality and retain the best international players. Lanning expressed her personal opinion, suggesting that a shorter season could be more appealing to both players and fans. Acknowledging the competition from other leagues, she stressed the importance of staying competitive to continue attracting top talent. The Melbourne Stars kick off their WBBL campaign against the Sydney Sixers in Sydney on Thursday night, followed by a match against the Perth Scorchers on October 29.

Reference:

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/cricket/melbourne-stars-upset-how-worlds-best-batter-landed-in-perth/news-story/882a3258c0629b3cf51280e432ecd8da

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-10-17/meg-lanning-blows-up-at-english-wbbl-import/102986290

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