Meg Lanning: ‘When I decide to do something, I just go for it’

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Meg Lanning is thrilled with her own place in Hawthorn. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Meg Lanning is captain of the Australian women’s cricket team and the ICC Women’s One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) teams. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup starts February 21, with the final at the MCG on March 8.

Where do you live?

In Hawthorn, in a house I bought a couple of years ago. It was an old house that had already been renovated. I didn’t have to do anything – exactly what I was looking for.

What property do you own?

Just this place. I got to that point where I had to move out of mum and dad’s, even though it was convenient there, because I wanted to become more independent. I’m one of five kids and

I was the last to move out.

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Meg Lanning surveys the scene. Photo: Harry Trump/Getty Images

What do you love most about your home?

I grew up one suburb away and I love the area. It’s a five-minute walk to a major shopping strip and there’s heaps of cafes. Also, I can come home and relax in a really great living area, and I have a nice courtyard and a little bit of a garden.

Have you changed anything?

Do light bulbs and smoke alarms count? The house didn’t need any work but I’d like to remove a tree in a corner of the courtyard. I’d also like bi-fold doors to open up the house to the courtyard.

Your first foot on the property ladder?

My Hawthorn house. I actually bought it at auction – well, my brother did. I was away playing cricket and he went to the auction for me. I was on the phone as it was happening, and, thankfully, we stayed under budget. I probably should have paid him some sort of commission!

The highlights of your property journey?

Once I made the decision to buy, it all happened rather quickly. It really wasn’t stressful at all. That really reflects my personality: when I decide to do something, I just go for it.

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Lanning plays a shot during the England v Australia 1st Vitality Women’s IT20 match at Cloudfm County Ground on July 26, 2019 in Chelmsford, England. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Best property advice you’ve heard?

Save for your deposit and then save some more. My dad worked for the Commonwealth Bank, so I hit him up for advice. My goal is to have paid off my house by the time I retire from cricket. I want to make the most of being a full-time paid athlete – it’s not something I take for granted. It’s terrific that professional female cricketers, in the years to come, will have the financial stability to be in the housing market and play the sport we all love.

Tips for homebuyers?

Pick a good location. You can always renovate and make improvements but you can’t change the suburb.

Future property plans?

Maybe down the track, but I am not thinking of investment properties. Right now, I just like coming home.

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— Selina Steele