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Keightley heads women's Academy

Jane Smit & Lisa Keightley

Lisa Keightley, right, won two of her nine Test caps, to add to her 82 one-day international caps, during the 2005 Ashes in England

The ECB today announced the appointment of Lisa Keightley as head coach of the England women’s Academy.

The renowned Australia and New South Wales top-order batter retired from playing in 2005. Following her playing career, Keightley went on to lead New South Wales women to consecutive national titles in her role as head coach before becoming the first female to be appointed head coach of the Australia women’s team in 2007.

Keightley is currently employed by Wiltshire Cricket as the head of girls' development and will continue in this role alongside her new position as England women’s Academy head coach.

She said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to the role. The England women’s Academy is just one part of the fantastic development programme for talented girls in cricket and it will be great to work with high performance manager Paul Shaw.

“Having had a role in their recent winter programme, I’m very much looking forward to working with the Academy squad and hope to see many future England players progress through the ranks.”

Head of England women’s cricket Clare Connor said: “The appointment of Lisa Keightley to lead the Academy programme demonstrates ECB’s commitment to the development of elite women’s and girls' cricket.

“Under former head coach Paul Shaw our Academy programme has become the envy of many countries and he should take great credit for how many players have moved up from the Academy in to the England squad in the past 24 months.

“Lisa Keightley brings a wealth of international knowledge and experience of the women’s game and I know she will excel in the role.”