Australian Lisa Keightley becomes first female head coach of England women’s cricket team
- Lisa Keightley succeeds Mark Robinson, who left after their Ashes defeat
- Her appointment will be in line with ECB strategy for more gender balance
- Keightley was Australia’s third highest ODI run scorer when she opted to retire
Australian Lisa Keightley has been appointed as the England women’s team’s first female head coach in the professional era.
As exclusively revealed by Sportsmail on Tuesday, Keightley succeeds Mark Robinson, the World Cup-winning coach who left the role following a heavy Ashes defeat last summer.
Her appointment fits in with an ECB strategy to make cricket a more gender-balanced sport.
Lisa Keightley has been appointed as England women’s first professional female head coach
Keightley said: ‘I’m massively excited. 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 underway and helping the team progress.’
Mark Robinson (right) left his post after England suffered defeat in the Ashes this summer
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.