Former Australian international Lisa Keightley has been appointed as full-time coach of the England women’s cricket team, it was announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board. She will succeed Mark Robinson, who stepped down from this post earlier this year.
The 48-year-old, who was the first woman to score a hundred at the iconic Lord’s, will take up the role in January following her stint with Perth Scorchers in Women’s Big Bash league.
"I'm massively excited. It's a huge opportunity," said Keightley, who served as head coach of England women’s academy between 2011 and 2015.
"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."
Keightley, after taking up a full-time role with England, will step down as head coach of the Hundred franchise London Spirit.
Clare Connor, the ECB managing director of women's cricket, said Keightley was the stand-out candidate from the group and impressed the panel with her passion for coaching.
"Lisa was the stand-out candidate from a varied and highly talented group of applicants," said Connor.
"The interview panel 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.
"She outlined clear plans as to how she believes she can take the team and this group of players forward.”