Lisa Keightley named England women's Academy head coach

Lisa Keightley
Keightley was a member of two World Cup-winning squads

Former Australia batter Lisa Keightley has been named as the new head coach of the England Women's Academy.

The 39-year-old played nine Tests and 82 one-day internationals before retiring in 2005.

She subsequently became the first female head coach of the Australia women's team before resigning in 2008.

Keightley said her new role was just "one part of the fantastic development programme for talented girls in cricket" in England.

She will succeed Paul Shaw, who has now taken on the role of High Performance Manager.

Clare Connor, head of England women's cricket, said: "Our Academy programme has become the envy of many countries and he should take great credit for how many players have moved up from the Academy to the England squad in the past 24 months.

"Lisa brings a wealth of international knowledge and experience of the women's game and I know she will excel in the role."

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