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Cricket - 17. June 2008.

Richard McInnes named new AIS-National Women’s Head Coach

McInnes, currently in the West Indies as Performance Analyst for the Australian men’s team, takes over from Lisa Keightley, who resigned her position in May after 12 months in charge.

McInnes has a strong background in program management, coaching and performance analysis. He has been the Performance Analyst for the Australian men’s team for the past three years and before then was a Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence Senior Coach. From 2003-2005, he also served as High Performance Manager/National “A” Team and Under 19 Coach for the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

McInnes also has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) and is currently undertaking a Masters of Business Management degree.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity that’s been presented to me and I’m looking forward to an exciting and challenging period over the next two years with the ICC Women’s World Cup, ICC Twenty20 World Cup and an Ashes series coming up in that time,” McInnes said from Barbados after the first day of the third Test.

“I’ve learned a lot over the last three years with the Australian men’s team and I think some of those qualities can be beneficial to the women’s program.

“There’s been a strong skill focus on the women’s game for a long time and I think there’s an opportunity to move toward more tactical, game awareness development, so that’s something I’ll investigate initially.”

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland, welcomed the appointment.

“Cricket Australia is delighted that Richard has accepted the position as the new AIS-National Women’s Head Coach and his appointment comes at an important time for women’s cricket in Australia,” he said.

“While his short term focus will be on preparing the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars for their defence of the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup in New South Wales and ACT next March, Richard is also well-qualified to drive the development of Australian cricket’s elite women’s program into the future.

“Richard has been a valuable member of the support staff for the Australian men’s team over the past three years and Cricket Australia thanks him for his dedication and contribution during this time.”

Acting AIS Director Phil Borgeaud said the appointment of McInnes was a major boost to the Institute’s world-class women’s cricket program.

“Richard is a quality coach who will bring a wealth of experience and range of new concepts to our women’s cricket program,” he said.

“We are extremely proud of the significant role the AIS program had made to the overall success of Australian women’s cricket.”

"Watching Australia’s future women’s cricketers develop and reach new heights is very exciting, and to know that the AIS program at the Centre of Excellence has played a major part in that development is a tremendous reflection of the program's success."

McInnes will take charge of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars after returning from the VB Tour of the West Indies with the Australian men’s team in mid-July.

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