Lanning makes it back-to-back Belinda Clark Awards

28 Jan 2015

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Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Captain Meg Lanning took home the Belinda Clark Award for the second year in a row.

It was confirmation of her stellar 12 months with the bat and as captain of the side that retained the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Lanning's success, following on from her triumph 12 months earlier, saw her join Karen Rolton, Shelley Nitschke (four times each) and Lisa Sthalekar (twice) as multiple winners of the prize for the leading women's cricketer of the year.

Lanning polled 57 votes to edge out all-rounder Ellyse Perry (50 votes) and Elyse Villani (35 votes) and the award was confirmation of her consistent excellence as she scored 1124 runs across the voting period that began with the T20I against England at Blundstone Arena, Hobart on 29 January 2014 and ended with another T20I, this time against the West Indies at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on 9 November of last year.

The 22 year-old said: "There are a lot of great players there and some legends of women's cricket (who have won this award) and I do not think I am up to that level.

"They have allowed the girls playing at the moment to be able to get to where we are. Hopefully we can do that for the next generation and take the women's game forward.

"It was pleasing this year to really push on and make some big scores and that is something you need to do in the top order. I'm pleased with my year and looking forward to the next one coming up."

In 28 matches across the ODI and T20I formats, Lanning amassed 1124 runs at 51.09 while no other Australia player topped 600 runs during the same timeframe, and the award capped a fantastic 12 months for the Victorian batter.

At the age of 21, Lanning became the youngest player - male or female - to captain Australia. She led her side to a third successive ICC Women's World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh and under her captaincy the team lost only two of 28 matches. She was also named the ICC Women's Twenty20 Player of the Year last November and finished 2014 as the top-ranked batter in both ODI and T20I cricket.

Watch Lanning's presentation here.