Lisa Keightley: England women appoint Australian as head coach

By Amy LofthouseBBC Sport
Lisa Keightley
Lisa Keightley is currently head coach of Perth Scorchers in the Women's Big Bash League

Australian Lisa Keightley has been appointed as the first full-time female head coach of the England women's team.

The 48-year-old previously coached Australia women and is a former head coach of England Women's Academy.

Keightley played nine Tests and 82 one-day internationals and was the first woman to score a century at Lord's.

"It's wonderful for us that the best candidate for the role, by some distance, was a woman," director of women's cricket Clare Connor said.

Keightley will take charge of the side in January, in time for England's tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.

She will then oversee England's progress in February's Women's World Twenty20 competition in Australia.

"We interviewed more men than women, as you'd expect, and Lisa really was the standout candidate," Connor told BBC Sport.

"In our ambition for cricket to become more gender balanced, and provide role models who are inspiring and who will be really influential voices for us, I'm delighted for Lisa."

England won the 50-over World Cup under Mark Robinson, who stepped down in August after a disappointing Ashes series.

Keightley was previously head coach of the Perth Scorchers in the Women's Big Bash League in Australia.

The Scorchers reached the WBBL final in 2017 and 2018 under Keightley, losing both times to Sydney Sixers.

Keightley also guided the New South Wales Breakers to the domestic 50-over title in her first season as coach.

"It's a huge opportunity. It's a team full of world-class players," Keightley said.

"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.

"I don't think the gap between England and Australia is as far as everyone thinks."

Keightley scored 2,630 one-day runs in her 10-year Australia career, including four centuries.

Her 113 at Lord's in 1998 was the first century to be scored by a female cricketer at the ground.

Keightley was also appointed head coach of London Spirit in the women's Hundred competition, but will be replaced after taking the role with England.

"Lisa will bring a very current understanding of the women's game," Connor added.

"She knows what it's like to be a player and win and not always win. She knows how to develop young talent."

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