Australian Lisa Keightley to become first female head coach of England women's cricket team this week
Australian Lisa Keightley will be announced as the England women’s team’s first female head coach later this week.
Keightley succeeds Mark Robinson, the World Cup-winning coach who left the role following a heavy Ashes defeat last summer.
Her appointment will fit in with an ECB strategy to make cricket a more gender-balanced sport.
Lisa Keightley is to become England women's first female head coach later this week
The first challenge for the 48-year-old, an ex-ECB academy coach and currently in charge of the Perth Scorchers, will be the Twenty20 World Cup in her homeland in February.
Ali Maiden, interim head coach since Robinson’s departure in August, remains in charge for the pre-Christmas tour of Malaysia.
Keightley was Australia’s third highest ODI run scorer when she retired as a player in 2005.
She was recently named London Spirit’s head coach for next year’s Hundred competition although it is now likely they will have to find a replacement.
Mark Robinson (right) left his post after England suffered defeat in the Ashes this summer