England and Wales cricket The board on Friday appointed former cricketer John Lewis, coach of the men’s elite pace bowling team, as head coach of the England women’s team.
Lewis has been the ECB’s Elite Base bowling coach since 2021, working alongside the England men’s Test team and the white ball team. He was previously the head coach of the Young Lions, having joined the ECB from the coaching staff at Sussex County Cricket Club.
Prior to this, Lewis had taken over 1,200 wickets in a 19-year professional career for Gloucestershire, Surrey and Sussex, and had played 15 times for his country.
“Lewis and his new team will depart for the West Indies on November 29. England’s ODI and IT20 squads for the Caribbean will be announced next week. While Lewis was consulted, the selection was finalized before he became an official head coach,” the ECB said in a statement on Monday. Friday.
Lewis said: “It is very exciting to be appointed head coach of the England women’s team. It’s a new challenge and I can’t wait to get caught up in it.
“I’ve watched from afar over the past few years and there’s clearly a lot of reason to be optimistic about this team’s chances going forward,” he added.
“The last couple of years have seen the introduction of some young players and this, together with the increasing strength in the depth coming from the regional game, is a really promising sign for the next few years.
“Our immediate focus is on the West Indies, especially getting some points on the board in the ICC Women’s Championship, and then we look forward to South Africa and the ICC Women’s T20. Globalism the cup “.
England women’s cricket team manager Jonathan Finch said: “We are really pleased to be able to appoint John as the new head coach for England Women following a thorough and competitive recruitment process. We set out to find a head coach with a range of experience to help lead an exciting group of players across all formats And I’m excited about what the future holds with John in this position.
“John comes with an excellent pedigree in the men’s game working across different levels of the international trajectory, and we have been really impressed with how he has seen the role moving forward. We look forward to having him join the ship and lead the future direction of this team.”