Takes up South Australia role May 8, 2007

Mark Sorell quits as Australia coach

Cricinfo staff

Australia women are without a coach after Mark Sorell announced he was leaving to coach the South Australia men's squad. Sorell, who held the role for two years after taking over from Steve Jenkin, helped to oversee victory at the women's quadrangular and all four one-day series.

Thoughts will now turn to his successor. Cathryn Fitzpatrick has already acknowledged her interest in the England vacancy, after Richard Bates resigned from the role last month, but it would be no surprise if she applied for this role, as this would mean coaching her fellow Australians with whom she has enjoyed so much success.

Indeed, were she offered both jobs then the Australia role may be more attractive to her, as it is in her home country and she has already gained extensive coaching experience with their Centre of Excellence.

Lisa Keightley would also make a strong candidate. Another Australian, the batsman Keightley was appointed coach of New South Wales women in 2005, becoming the first full-time female appointed by the NSW board. She had previously worked as their female high-performance coordinator.

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