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England head coach Lisa Keightley to step down in September

England head coach Lisa Keightley will leave her role in September.

The ECB announced yesterday that Keightley had informed them she would not be seeking a contract extension.

Both parties are said to have agreed that leaving after the India series in September was the right timing as it would allow the new head coach time to work with the squad ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in February.

England will now begin the recruitment process of finding her successor.

The Australian was appointed to lead the team in January 2020 and has taken them to the semi-final of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the final of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup, and the bronze medal match in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games since.

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Director of England Women’s cricket Jonathan Finch hailed the “the commitment and passion” that Keightley has shown in her two-and-a-half years in the role.

Finch added: “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.”

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ECB interim CEO Clare Connor said: “I’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to Lisa for all her efforts across the last two-and-a-half years.

“Lisa was always a fierce opponent when she represented Australia, and she’s brought that same pride, passion and will to win into everything she’s done with the England Women’s team.

“The team have enjoyed working with her immensely and I know they’ll join me in wishing her all the very best for her next challenge.”

Everyone at the Barmy Army would like to thank Lisa for her fantastic service and some amazing memories!