Australia appoint Keightley

Lisa Keightley

Lisa Keightley © Getty Images

Australia Women have named former international opening batsman Lisa Keightley as their new head coach.

Keightley becomes the first woman appointed to coach the women's national side, replacing Mark Sorell who is the new head coach of the South Australia men's team.

She has been the coach of the NSW Breakers for the past two seasons and has led the team to a pair of Commonwealth Bank Women's National Cricket League titles.

Keightley said: "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.

"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 will take charge of Australia Women for their next international engagement, a series against New Zealand in late July.

One of Australia's most accomplished women's cricketers, Keightley retired after the Ashes series in 2005.

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.