England head coach steps down

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Lisa Keightley will step down from her role as England women's team head coach after the end of the summer following a mutual decision not to extend her contract.

Keightley, who took over from Mark Robinson in 2019 as the head coach of the women's team, was at the helm when England made the finals of the ICC Women's ODI World Cup in 2022.

She also oversaw England's ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 run, where bad weather halted their charge in the semi-finals, and recently, their run to the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games where they missed out on a medal after the losses to India (in the semi-final) and New Zealand (third-place runners up).

"We are incredibly grateful for the commitment and passion Lisa has shown over the last two-and-a-half years in the role," ECB's Director of Cricket Jonathan Finch said. "We have seen increased competition for places over the last 12 months and the squad Lisa leaves is an exciting blend of youth and experience.

"Leading an international team is challenging at the best of times. It is more challenging during a pandemic, and Lisa has been able to continue the development of the team during what has been the toughest period we have faced off the field."

Keightley's departure comes after the home series against India next month with the ECB looking for a new coach to fill in for an important few months with the next edition of the Women's T20 World Cup on the horizon.



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