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Meg Lanning signs with Perth Scorchers

Meg Lanning tries to go over the off-side field Getty Images

Australia captain Meg Lanning has signed a three-year WBBL deal with the Perth Scorchers after announcing earlier this week that she was leaving the Melbourne Stars.

Lanning has topped the WBBL run tally in both of the tournament's first two seasons, yet her Stars failed to reach the finals either time.

She will be unable to play for the Scorchers this summer, having already been ruled out of the Women's Ashes due to shoulder surgery, and looks set to make her debut for the team in 2018-19.

"The Perth Scorchers are a great club with a strong core of experienced and up-and-coming players, so it's a really exciting opportunity for me to join the group," Lanning said. "They made the semi-final in WBBL|01, then the Scorchers hosted the final last season, so they're definitely a team on the rise, with a bright future ahead.

"It's obviously frustrating to be ruled out of this summer with injury, but I'm really looking forward to being around the team and contributing off the field, before getting on the park again for WBBL|04 and going for that championship."