Australia’s women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning has praised Cricket Australia’s (CA) decision to drop Southern Stars as the official women’s team name.
The 25-year-old said players fully supported the move.
Lanning and her teammates will now simply be known as the Australian women’s cricket team, with the men’s team labelled accordingly.
While appearing merely cosmetic, CA said it carried “considerable weight” in the push for gender equality, and Lanning agreed it was more than a symbolic change.
“I think it’s a big step towards gender equality and it’s great that Cricket Australia have recognised that,” she said.
“As a team we’re right behind it, and I think it just sort of gender neutralises things — the Australian men’s team and the Australian women’s team now.”
With the team set to fly to England for the Women’s World Cup, starting on June 24, Lanning said she was glad their former name was remaining in a colloquial capacity.
“The Southern Stars, it’s a major part of our history I guess,” she said.
“But I think moving forward it’s a great step and we’re looking forward to moving forward under that banner.”
The Southern Stars will remain a colloquial moniker as “it’s a major part of our history”. (AAP: Paul Miller)
Former Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar agreed it was a step in the right direction.
“So glad to finally see the @SouthernStars adopt their rightful name The Australian Women’s Cricket Team,” she tweeted after the announcement.
“Such a powerful brand.”