Why I went to the Perth Scorchers

 
Meg Lanning; Australian women’s cricket team captain and Perth Scorchers player in the WBBL

Meg Lanning; Australian women’s cricket team captain and Perth Scorchers player in the WBBL

I’m really excited to be playing with the Perth Scorchers this summer. It’s seemed like a long time coming after signing with them last year but missing the summer with my shoulder injury.

Despite what people might think, I didn’t leave Melbourne Stars for the Scorchers for the money; I’m not on any more at Perth than I would have been at the Stars.

It was all about the timing, when the opportunity came up. It was a difficult period for me – I’d just had my shoulder operation and knew I wasn’t going to be playing that summer. It was a tricky time, but they came through with an offer and I saw it as a good opportunity to develop, to join another team and work with different individuals and coaches.

So I'm looking forward to getting stuck in. The season will come around pretty quickly and so I’m just looking forward to getting over there and playing and being a part of it this year.

Here’s hoping I’ll be able to let them rip like this again soon

Here’s hoping I’ll be able to let them rip like this again soon

Last year was a bit weird to be honest, I was around the Scorchers squad for a little bit of the tournament but just watching from the sidelines was pretty difficult, I didn't enjoy that too much.

It’s something I really struggled with the whole time I was out injured.

I'm not a great watcher at the best of times. If I've gone out, for example, and then I have to sit down and watch it, it can get frustrating. It’s a very easy game from the sidelines, you probably see things from a different perspective and you’re thinking, ‘Oh they should have done this’ or ‘This is what they should do’ but when you're actually in it and out there, it’s not as clear or easy.

But even though I hated it, I do think watching it from a different perspective has helped me now I’m back to deal with different situations.

Sibling rivalry

There’s one WBBL game I’ve marked in the calendar already: Scorchers v Renegades at the WACA on December 22.

It’ll be the first time I’ve played against my sister Anna. We’ve always played together, at Victoria, Melbourne Stars and Box Hill. But this summer I’ll be at Perth and she’s moved to the Melbourne Renegades.  We’ll play each other just before Christmas, so Mum and Dad are going to come over and watch us in Perth.

I’m not sure what it’s going to be like, playing against her. I'm glad she doesn’t bowl too much anymore, because that make me pretty nervous, her bowling to me. She's just as competitive as I am.

But while it’ll be different being on opposing teams, I'm just glad she's got a good opportunity playing with the Renegades, and with the ACT in state cricket. Hopefully she does really well.

Meg Lanning of the Stars (L) and her sister Anna Lanning wait to bat during the Women's Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Brisbane Heat

Meg Lanning of the Stars (L) and her sister Anna Lanning wait to bat during the Women's Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Brisbane Heat

‘That’ shoulder injury

I can't wait for the day when I don't have to talk about my shoulder. I had my one-year anniversary of my surgery the other week… I didn't celebrate it, I didn't know what to do.

I made my comeback on Australia’s tour of India in March, but the shoulder’s been a work in progress.

I’ve had to learn to throw overarm again pretty much from scratch – it’d been over two years since I’d thrown properly, so I didn't really remember what I was doing when I did start again.

Even just the technical cues and what to think about as you throw, where everything is doing, where your arm should be. You think it should be easy, but it’s not as simple as that.

It’s taken so long because throwing just gets you into a really unnatural position for the shoulder, so even bowling is probably a safer action to do than throwing, which you might not expect.

Initially when I started it wasn’t really a throw, it was more a shot put, but I have progressed to the point where now it’s a decent throw. It’s probably not over a great distance but it has progressed and hopefully soon I’ll be able to throw one in over the stumps.

I don’t think I’ll ever bowl again, I think I’ll just stick to batting and being a good fielder. But I'm just looking forward to being unrestricted, I haven't really been able to play that way for a couple of years now.

I can't wait to play a game where I can just worry about playing and not anything else: where I can go out there and throw myself around in the field, bat without any restrictions and then be able to throw as well.  You can take that for granted.