Former Australia international Lisa Keightley has been named as the first full-time female head coach of England Women.
The 48-year-old, who was the first woman to score a century at Lord’s, will take up her new post in January at the end of the Women’s Big Bash League, in which she coaches the Perth Scorchers.
It is a return to England for Keightley, who will be a familiar face to several players having worked as head coach of the England Women’s academy between 2011 and 2015.
“I’m massively excited,” Keightley said. “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 ICC 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.”
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