Mark Lane steps down as England Women head coach after five years
Mark Lane has announced that he is stepping down as head coach of England Women.
Last Updated: 13/05/13 1:22pm
Lane's five-year tenure in the role featured a number of successes including a glittering year in 2009, winning both the ICC Women's World Cup and ICC Women's World Twenty20 as well as retaining the Ashes.
But after failing to defend their World Cup crown on the sub-continent earlier this year, Lane has decided to quit to allow the new coach plenty of time to mould the squad for the next World Cup in 2017.
"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," said Lane.
"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.
"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."
England Women won 46 out of 60 one-day internationals under Lane and also boasted an impressive 80% winning rate in Twenty20 internationals, winning 43 matches out of 54 since Lane's appointment in 2008.
Managing director of England cricket 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.
"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."