Mark Lane Steps Down As England Women's Coach

Mark Lane Steps Down As England Women's Coach
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Mark Lane has announced his decision to step down as England Women's coach following a highly successful five-year spell in charge.

Following his appointment in 2008, he led the side to World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 glory in 2009, helped them regain the Ashes in the same year and then led the team to the final of the World Twenty20 in 2012.

Under his stewardship, the team won 46 out of 60 One-Day Internationals and 43 out of 54 Twenty20 Internationals between April 2008 and February 2013.

"After a period of reflection I have decided that my time as Head Coach of the England Women's cricket team has come to a close," Lane said.

"With a new World Cup cycle ahead, I believe now is the right time for the players and staff to work with a new Head Coach.  Likewise, it is the right time for me to seek new challenges.

"I have had five privileged years in the role and can look back on a period of significant success. 2009 was undoubtedly the highlight - two wins in ICC global events and a series whitewash over Australia as well as retaining the Ashes. 

"As I reflect, I can see how far we've come and I’m immensely proud to have contributed to the team’s success.  I would like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way, members of the management team and especially my two Assistant Coaches Jack Birkenshaw and Carl Crowe.

"I would also like to thank Clare Connor and Hugh Morris at the ECB for giving me this fantastic opportunity in the first place.  Finally, I wish the England players and the staff well for the future."

Paying tribute, Hugh Morris, Managing Director of England Cricket added: "Mark has made a huge contribution to women’s cricket in this country and should be proud of his and the team’s achievements over a period of almost unprecedented success. 

"It has been a pleasure to work alongside Mark, I would like to thank him for is commitment and dedication to the England Women’s team over the past five years."

Head of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor said: "Mark has been instrumental in the sustained success enjoyed by the England Women’s cricket team and we will never forget 2009, that magical period of time when England Women became to first team to win two ICC World trophies in the same year.

"Before taking on the role of Head Coach, Mark devoted years to coaching and developing the skills of female cricketers and his knowledge, skill and enthusiasm are highly valued by all who have worked with him. We are all grateful for the time and expertise Mark has invested in England Women’s cricket and we wish him all the very best for the future."

© Cricket World 2013

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