England: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed the Australian John Harmer as the new head coach of the England Women's team on Wednesday. Australian Women's team reached two World Cup finals in eight years under its world-class coach John Harmer who was the in charge of the team from 1992-2000 Australia won the World cup in 1997 and was runners-up to New Zealand in New Zealand, in a thrilling final in the year 2000 under the coaching of John Harmer. He is the most successful coach in the women's cricket. ""I have seen a lot of England over the past eight years, and there are some very talented cricketers in and around the national side," Harmer said speaking on his appointment from his Melbourne home. "I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to coach England. I believe the development structures needed for a successful England team are now in place, and I'm looking forward to taking up the challenge." "We are very pleased that John is to be the new England Women's Coach. He has a superb track record in the women's game and is widely acknowledged as one of the best cricket coaches around. His methods are innovative and proven, and we will all benefit from his experience," Hugh Morris, ECB Performance Director said. For the first time the England Women's Team will have a full-time coach initially on a two-year contract and John will lead England. In line with the ECB National Strategy for Cricket launched last week, this is part of a long-term, planned approach, which aims to see England's women in the top two in the world by 2007. Together with other ECB initiatives in developing the women's game, this appointment will ensure that women's cricket continues to go from strength to strength. "It's great news, we have all been very impressed by John's coaching when we have been at major tournaments and he will command immediate respect from the England Squad. He is a great motivator and a fantastic technician of the game, I look forward to working with him immensely," Clare Connor, England captain said. Jane Powell, Acting Head Coach and Coach of England's Development squads, will continue until John takes over in July and remain with the England Team as Assistant Coach to John thereafter. John Harmer will take up the post following this summer's Ashes series.
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