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Meg Lanning reveals ‘making coffees and washing dishes’ in a cafe reignited her love for cricket

Meg Lanning reveals ‘making coffees and washing dishes’ in a cafe reignited her love for cricket after she took a five-month sabbatical…as Aussie superstar helps world champions thrash Pakistan in her first game back for Australia

Meg Lanning revealed she rediscovered her love of cricket by working in a cafe as she took time away from the game.

The 30-year-old decided to take a sabbatical after Australia won gold at the Commonwealth Games in August in a bid to ‘switch off from cricket’ and plan the next stage of her career.

Instead of setting the field and batting, Lanning found herself serving coffees ‘and washing dishes’. 

Meg Lanning returned to cricket this month after a five-month sabbatical 

Stepping away from cricket brought a refreshingly new perspective for the Aussie star, who took over the captaincy of the national side aged just 21.

‘Just going in and not knowing what the day will look like – could be busy, could be quiet – and having different conversations with the customers, actually found that really cool,’ she told CricInfo. 

‘Having that little bit of freedom, a little less structure, going with the flow a little more, not getting too worried about things. Working at the café allowed me to do that and had a lot of fun.’

A multiple World Cup winner in both the 50 and 20-over format and an Ashes winner, Lanning admitted she wasn’t too sure of what to expect from her hiatus away from the sport. 

Lanning stepped away from the game after in August, noting she needed to 'spend time focusing on myself'

Lanning stepped away from the game after in August, noting she needed to ‘spend time focusing on myself’ 

The 30-year-old has won four T20 World Cup and two ODI World Cups with Australia

The 30-year-old has won four T20 World Cup and two ODI World Cups with Australia 

She also captained Australia to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in August

She also captained Australia to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in August 

But it soon became clear that while living outside cricket’s heavily-structured environment helped her recharge her batteries, the allure of the field was too hard to resist for now. 

‘[It] became pretty clear that I still wanted to play cricket and loved the game, just needed some time to be able to feel normal, have a bit less structure around what I was doing,’ she said. 

‘Having done that, I feel really refreshed and ready to go.’

Lanning made 67 off 76 balls as Australia beat Pakistan in Brisbane on Monday

Lanning made 67 off 76 balls as Australia beat Pakistan in Brisbane on Monday

Lanning made her return to action for Victoria earlier this month and played her first game for Australia on Monday, helping her team to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in Brisbane in the opening match of the three-ODI series.

She made 67 off 76 balls and along with 19-year-old debutant Phoebe Litchfield, who made an unbeaten 78 off 92 balls, steered Australia to chase their 158 total under the DLS system with 67 balls to spare.

Earlier, Australia’s spinners restricted Pakistan to 8-160 in their reduced 40-over innings after rain interrupted play. 

Lanning and debutant Phoebe Litchfield (right) put together a 137-run second-wicket stand

Lanning and debutant Phoebe Litchfield (right) put together a 137-run second-wicket stand

Lanning was one of Litchfield’s childhood idols growing up and the teenager revealed batting with the returning captain was a dream come true.

‘I’ve never batted with Meg or played with her and she is just the best batting partner,’ Litchfield said.

‘She knows exactly what to say and when. Whenever I felt under pressure she either scored a four or came down the other end and gave me some words of advice.

‘Welcome back. It looks like she hasn’t missed a day.’

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