Lisa Keightley becomes first full-time female England Women cricket coach
Former Australia international Lisa Keightley has been named as the first full-time female head coach of England Women.
The 48-year-old will begin her new role in January after the end of the Women’s Big Bash League, in which she coaches Perth Scorchers.
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“I’m massively excited,” said Keightley. “It’s a huge opportunity. It’s a team full of world-class players and to be given the chance to work with some of the players who I worked with a few years ago is really exciting. I can’t wait to get started and see where we can get to.
“England are the current 50-over world champions and they made it to the final of the last Women’s T20 World Cup. They’re a very competitive side and they wouldn’t be in big matches like that if they didn’t have a really strong group of players who can perform on the big stage. I’m really looking forward to getting under way and helping the team progress.”
Clare Connor, managing director of women’s cricket for England, added: “Lisa was the stand-out candidate from a varied and highly talented group of applicants. The interview panel [made up of Jonathan Finch, Clare Connor, John Neal and Tom Harrison] were unanimously impressed by Lisa’s demonstration of her suitability for the role, her impressive knowledge of the game and her passion for coaching and developing players.The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email.
“She outlined clear plans as to how she believes she can take the team and this group of players forward. Lisa will become the first full-time female Head Coach of the England Women’s team. I am excited about the progress our sport continues to make and I‘m sure that Lisa’s appointment will rightly be seen as another huge step for women’s cricket.”
Keightley, who will succeed Mark Robinson in the role, coached the England Women’s Academy between 2011 and 2015. She will step down from her role as women’s head coach of Hundred franchise London Spirit in order to fulfil her England duties.