Cricket Australia has today announced former Australia opener Lisa Keightley as the new AIS/National Women’s Head Coach.
Keightley becomes the first woman appointed to coach the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, replacing Mark Sorell who is the new head coach of the South Australia men’s team.
She has been the coach of the NSW Wolf Blass Breakers for the past two seasons and has led the team to a pair of Commonwealth Bank Women’s National Cricket League titles playing aggressive, attacking cricket.
“I’m very excited and proud to be appointed coach of the Australian women’s team. I’m grateful that Cricket NSW has provided a pathway for my coaching development and given me the opportunity, experience and support I needed to reach this stage of my career,” Keightley said.
“We have a young side coming through at the moment on the international level and it will be important to give these new players an opportunity. Australian women’s cricket has experienced a dominant era but we are now faced with the challenge of coming up with new ways to change the game and remain successful.
“It’s great that the position is a full-time role at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. It will be a good environment to work in with high-class facilities and expertise across all aspects of the game,” Keightley said.
Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland, welcomed Keightley’s appointment.
“Cricket Australia is delighted that Lisa will be the AIS/National Women’s Head Coach. She has had a high level of success coaching at interstate level and this experience coupled with her impeccable playing credentials has her well-placed to lead the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars into a new era,” he said.
AIS Director, Professor Peter Fricker, said that he was confident that Keightley has the qualities needed to guide Australia to future success.
“‘Lisa has all the attributes to make a successful head coach and we wish her all the best. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and new concepts to the AIS/National Women’s cricket program, which I’m sure will see the national team continue to be successful,” he said.
Keightley will take charge of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars for their next international engagement, a Top End Series against New Zealand in late July.
One of Australia’s most accomplished women’s cricketers, Keightley retired after the Ashes Series in 2005. A mainstay in the Australian team, she played 82 one-day internationals and nine Tests between 1995 and 2005. In 1998 she was the first woman to score a century at Lord’s and was a member of Australia’s World Cup-winning squads in 1997 and 2005.
Keightley is the third highest run-scorer in one-day international cricket for Australia and her 156 not out against Pakistan in 1997 is the second highest by an Australian.
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