Australia basketball great Lauren Jackson confirms pregnancy via Twitter

Australia basketball great Lauren Jackson is expecting her first child.

The three-time Olympic silver medallist and former WNBA superstar took to Twitter to confirm the pregnancy over the weekend.

Jackson is due to give birth early next year.

"Hi everyone, thank you so much for the love - it's a very exciting time, such an unbelievable experience & so happy ur sharing with me xxx," Jackson tweeted.

Jackson, Australia's flag-bearer at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London, was forced to retire earlier this year due to a persistent knee injury.

She had been eyeing off a fifth Olympic campaign in Rio, but was forced to call time on her career just a few months out from the Games.