The first women's head coach announced. Lisa Keightley. The legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne as men's head coach. London Spirit. Welcome your first head coaches.
Shane Warne and Lisa Keightley. The men’s and women’s head coaches coming to Lord's to take charge of London Spirit.
Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne. One of the most iconic names in world cricket. Former Australia Women’s coach Lisa Keightley. The first female coach appointed for The Hundred.
Warne said: “I’m very proud and very honoured to be asked to be the head coach of London Spirit. The opportunity to coach in a brand-new tournament and work with modern-day players is something that I will really enjoy and I am looking forward to the challenge.
“This tournament will unearth some heroes and hopefully some future World Cup stars for England and other countries.”
Shane Warne was captain-coach when Rajasthan Royals famously won the first-ever Indian Premier League title. Warne hopes history can repeat itself next summer.
“I always want to be ahead of the curve because cricket benefits from innovation and that was the case in 2008 with the IPL, when I was captain-coach of the Rajasthan Royals,” he said.
“I love the concept of The Hundred and it has grabbed my attention in the same way the IPL did. We built a team from scratch with a diverse range of players from different backgrounds and ages and I can’t wait to build the same mix of players to entertain the fans who come down to Lord’s for The Hundred.”
Keightley ensured her place in cricketing folklore in 1998. She became the first female player to score a century at Lord’s while playing for Australia, in a one-day international against England.
Lisa Keightley was the first female coach of the Australian Women’s team. She was England Women’s Academy head coach before returning home to coach Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League.
Talking about her appointment, Keightley said: “It is an honour to be appointed as the first female coach for The Hundred and to be a part of a tournament that is set to showcase the best women’s players from around the world.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a coach in England and the prestige and opportunity of this role made it an easy decision for me to come back.”