England’s Nat Sciver pleased to see Lisa Keightley’s career go ‘full circle’ at ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
Nat Sciver is currently relishing visiting Lisa Keightley’s career to England coach come full circle in Perth when they start their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup campaign on Sunday.
Australia-born Keightley, who shot over from Mark Robinson at January, is far from becoming an unknown face into the Vast Majority.
As England Women’s first-full time academy head trainer between 2009 and 2015, the 48-year-old served prior to Perth Scorchers and coaching Western Australia – .
Five years past, few are better placed to learn how much it will mean to Keightley to make her T20 World Cup coaching debut.
“It is quite nice to have gone full circle ,” explained Sciver, who has played Keightley for its Scorchers. “She was my very first trainer in academy level and it’s the exact identical situation for seven or eight players in our side.
“I have played for Perth Scorchers at the Women’s Big Bash League also but it is a tiny bit different when you’re an overseas participant in a tournament such as this as coaches do not need to step on each other’s feet.
“Clearly being that the England head coach today, she has really been in a position to impart her way of doing things along with her own wisdom. It has been really nice working with her up to now.”
The former coach of champions Australia continues to be tasked with revitalising an England side that are currently seeking their next Women’s T20 World Cup name Down Under.
Their pursuit starts on Sunday from Keightley and now Perth is confident her understanding of her house away from home – that and – WACA ground – will help get England off.
“It’ll just be just like another day in the workplace,” said the trainer. “I’ve worked round the WACA for the previous four years, so I will be quite relaxed since I know the ground and requirements well.
“South Africa have a good deal of game-changers but so do we – it is going to be around who can maintain their guts at the beginning of the tournament.
“When we get to the match on Sunday, it is a matter of turning on the switch and stepping this up. We will need to acquire our own powerplay right, then we will be quite competitive and get the scores we need to win”
This article first appeared on the International Cricket Council’s official T20 World Cup website.