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Meg Lanning tight-lipped on WBBL future

By AAP Newswire

Meg Lanning has made a decision about her WBBL future but is keeping mum until Cricket Australia (CA) lifts its freeze on signing new deals.

Speculation is rife the off-contract Australia women's skipper will leave the Perth Scorchers and rejoin the Melbourne Stars for next season under new coach Trent Woodhill.

"In my mind, I've worked out what I want to do," Lanning told reporters on Thursday.

"But obviously with the embargo period still in place, nothing official can take place."

Coming off a busy international schedule last summer, the 28-year-old batter admits the lure of returning home to Melbourne factors heavily in her mind.

"I really enjoyed my time in Perth for the three years," she said.

"It's just weighing up whether I'm willing to spend six weeks, or four weeks ... away from home again or (being) back in Melbourne potentially."

The Stars have struggled in Lanning's absence, languishing in the bottom two for the past three seasons, and have only five players on their books for 2020-21.

The format and timing of the upcoming WBBL campaign remains uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Big Bash clashes potentially being forced to be played in closed stadiums, the possibility of the men's and women's competitions realigning has been raised as a cost-saving measure.

Lanning is open to a return to BBL-WBBL doubleheaders and multiple matches in consecutive days if necessary.

But she is hopeful the momentum behind women's cricket isn't wasted after leading Australia to victory in the T20 World Cup final in March before 86,000 fans at the MCG.

"I don't think it'll be a massive impact," Lanning said.

"Luckily for us, it was actually the last big tournament that got played.

"It's sort of the last one in everyone's memories and it was such a great event. Hopefully, it's not all lost."

Lanning hasn't felt leather on willow in eight weeks, revelling in some well-earned time off and working on obtaining her level three coaching badge.

As CA's belt tightens moving forward, Lanning acknowledged the players would invariably have to step up and mentor one another.

"The resources are going to be a little bit less than what we're probably used to," she said.

"We're going to have to take up some of that coaching area as players and help each other out."

Starting Victoria's preseason training regime with a 2km time trial this week, Lanning has set her sights on six limited-overs matches with New Zealand scheduled for late September and early October.

She expects domestic cricket to take centre stage in preparations for next year's ODI World Cup across the Tasman, following the cancellation of the national team's annual camp in Brisbane.