Australian Women's Cricket Captain Lanning To Join Channel Nine Commentary Team
Australian women's cricket captain Meg Lanning "will take a big step into a male bastion this summer when she joins the Channel Nine commentary team," according to Chloe Saltau of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Although women have been involved in cricket coverage in presenting roles, "ball-by-ball commentary and special comments has been a men's domain for Nine." Lanning, 22, will call alongside the likes of Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell "for the domestic one-day tournament, the Matador BBQs Cup, next month." If that goes well, Nine's plan "is for the Southern Stars captain to commentate on the men's Twenty20 international games between Australia and South Africa in November." Lanning said, "It's an exciting opportunity to do something a little bit different. ... I watch a lot of men's and women's cricket so I feel like I really know the game and I've got a little bit to give there." The move "also enhances Lanning's reputation as a groundbreaker." This year "she became the youngest Australian, male or female, to captain her country and led the side to a third consecutive World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh." Nine Head of Sport Steve Crawley said, "Everyone asks about adding a female to commentary ... and I've always been very aware that it will eventually happen, don't force it. It's got to be right" (SMH, 9/3).