End of the road for Lane

  • Last Updated: May 13 2013, 13:50 BST

Mark Lane, the World Cup-winning coach of the England women's team, is to stand down.

Mark Lane: 'The right time for me to seek new challenges'
Mark Lane: 'The right time for me to seek new challenges'

The England and Wales Cricket board has announced the 45-year-old will leave his post after five highly-successful years.

Lane oversaw England's World Cup and World Twenty20 double in 2009, a year in which they also retained the Ashes.

England then reached another World Twenty20 final last year.

Lane said: "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.

"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.

"As I reflect, I can see how far we've come and I'm immensely proud to have contributed to the team's success."

Under Lane's guidance England won 46 out of 60 one-day international matches and 43 out of 54 international T20 games.

ECB managing director of England cricket Hugh Morris said: "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."

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."


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