English women’s head coach steps down

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LONDON
Head coach Mark Robinson, who steered England to victory in the Women’s World Cup two years ago, has stepped down after nearly four years in the role. Robinson, 52, departs following a 12-4 series defeat by Australia in the Women’s Ashes earlier this summer.
The former Sussex men’s coach took the England job in 2015 and his side beat India in the World Cup final in 2017. He also led England to the final of last year’s Women’s World Twenty20, where they were beaten by Australia.
Assistant coach Alastair Maiden will take temporary charge of the team as they prepare for December’s ICC Women’s Championship series against Pakistan – which is being played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Robinson said, nothing could ever surpass winning the World Cup on home soil, but from a pure coaching perspective, reaching the T20 final last November – with a depleted team, three non-contracted players and three players 20 years old or younger – is a huge personal highlight.
It’s been exciting to watch so many players grow and to watch so many records broken, but it feels the right time for me to take on a new challenge and to allow a different voice to come in before the next T20 World Cup in Australia.
In March, Robinson told British media that replacing England men’s head coach Trevor Bayliss was not on the radar, with the Australian leaving his role at the end of the summer – but said he may return to men’s cricket in the future, having won two County Championship titles in charge of Sussex.
England and Wales Cricket Board managing director of women’s cricket, former national skipper Clare Connor, added, after discussions with Mark, we have agreed that now is the right time for him to step down as head coach.
It is important that we give Mark’s successor time to shape the team’s future direction and to begin to develop strong relationships with the players as we plan for the next phase of our international calendar.
Mark can reflect on his time with a great deal of pride. Winning the World Cup in 2017 in front of a packed Lord’s was a landmark moment for the whole game and his leadership and professionalism were an integral part of our success.

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