Rebecca Grundy. © Getty Images

The Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) on Friday, (May 1) appointed Rebecca Grundy, former England international and WACA development coach and talent specialist, as the senior women’s team’s head coach. She played a pivotal role in the second half of WA’s 2019-20 campaign, helping the team clinch their maiden Women’s National Cricket League title. The 29-year-old will replace Lisa Keightley who was recently appointed as England’s head coach.

Grundy has played a crucial role in the growth and development of WA’s elite female cricketers over the last two years. She has now been given charge of the team for the next two seasons.

The left-arm spinner brings with her a wealth of experience. Having represented England in seven ODIs and 12 T20Is, while also taking part in both the Women’s Big Bash League (Perth Scorchers) and Women’s Cricket Super League (Loughborough Lightning), Grundy will be able to help the players understand what is needed to succeed at the highest level.

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The 29-year-old said she is excited by the opportunity to work more closely with the WA squad and is keen to build on to the success the team achieved last season.

“It’s a huge honour to be appointed head coach of the WA Women’s team,” Grundy stated. “WA has a rich history in the game and I aim to continue the great work Lisa Keightley and all the support staff have contributed over a number of years.”

“The unwavering support from our CEO Christina Matthews and the Board has resulted in WA being one of the leading programs in the country and I am extremely grateful to be a part of it.”

“The recent success of winning the 2019-20 WNCL title will remain an unforgettable experience for all involved, one that we will collectively work hard to experience again.”

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“I am looking forward to working closely with the staff and playing group to ensure that not only the team, but all individuals, have the opportunity to maximise their potential as both athletes and people.”

Kade Harvey, WACA general manager – high performance, was effusive in praise of Grundy’s credentials and said he believes she is the best candidate to help take the team forward.

“We are very excited for Becky to be leading the WA Women’s program. Becky brings great experience from her playing career and has been instrumental in the development of our pathway program. We look forward to her continuing to drive female cricket forward as head coach,” Harvey concluded.