Former Australian cricketer Lisa Knightley has been appointed as the head coach of England Women’s Cricket team. She will be taking over the role of Mark Robinson, who resigned earlier this year.
Knightley will become the first female to take over the role. She will begin working with the squad in January after seeing through her commitments as head coach of Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League.
Her first task will be a T20 tri-series involving India and Australia in January as preparation for the World T20 down under the following month when England will be looking to go one better than the runner’s up spot they achieved in West Indies last year. The current interim coach, Alastair Maiden, will continue to lead the squad in the meantime. She will lead the team for ICC Women’s Championship series against Pakistan in December that is being played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Lisa Knightley’s Words
Lisa Knightley said: “I’m massively excited. It’s a huge opportunity. It’s a team full of world-class players. Given a chance to work with some of the players who I worked with a few years ago is exciting. I can’t wait to get started and see where we can get to”.
“England is the current 50-over World Champions. They made it to the final of the last ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. They’re a very competitive side. They wouldn’t be in big matches like that if they didn’t have a really strong group of players. I’m looking forward to getting underway and helping the team progress.”
As the first female coach of the national team, Keightley’s appointment has wider significance for the women’s game in England. The managing director of England Women’s Cricket Connor said that “Lisa was the stand-out candidate from a varied and highly talented group of applicants”. “The interview panel was 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”.