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Lanning enjoying life and won't be rushed on future plans

The former Australia skipper is prospering in the ongoing WPL and says she is exploring a few different options following her international retirement.

Meg Lanning has admitted she is still getting used to international retirement as the former Australia captain ponders the next chapter in her cricket career.

Lanning caused a surprise when she retired from international cricket at the end of last year and the 31-year-old has only appeared briefly in domestic competitions in Australia and India in recent times as she adapts to the next phase of her life.

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That journey now sees Lanning in India and turning out as captain of the Delhi Capitals in the ongoing Women’s Premier League (WPL) and it's no surprise the Australia great has been in sparkling form at the top of the batting order for her side.

Lanning has two half centuries from four innings for the Capitals, with the right-hander stroking a stylish knock of 55 against the Gujarat Giants on Sunday to take her tally to 146 runs for the tournament at an impressive strike rate of 117.46.

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That form has helped the Capitals to the top of the WPL table with three wins from four matches and Lanning said she is enjoying her role in the side alongside former Australia teammates Annabel Sutherland and Jess Jonassen.

"I am just enjoying playing cricket," Lanning said. 

"I am having a great time with Delhi, we have got a really good squad of players and staff that make it a cool environment to be in. I feel like there's a little bit less pressure and expectation. I just come into the game wanting to contribute and help the team win. 

"So it's been nice to be able to do that. I feel like there's a little bit of improvement needed in how we are playing, I am not completely satisfied, but it's been nice to contribute. As I said, I am just trying to have some fun and enjoy myself."

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Lanning - who won a whopping five ICC Women's T20 World Cup titles throughout her glittering career - won't be part of Australia's side when the reigning champions aim for a fourth tournament victory on the trot at this year's event in Bangladesh in September and October said she won't be rushed into making a decision on what her future holds.

"I actually haven't had a lot of time to do that (explore new things) yet," she said. 

"Obviously, (I have been) playing domestic back in Australia and then the WPL here. Once the tournament finishes, there will be a big chunk of time. It will probably hit me harder and you know, sort of come to terms with it a little bit more.

"(I am) sort of exploring a few different options in the background. The good thing for me is I don't have to rush into anything. I can keep playing and keep being involved. When an opportunity pops up, I can take it. Will just see how the back end of the tournament pans out, and then I will see what happens after that."