England women, Mark Robinson, Women's World Cup
Robinson leaves his post after a disappointing Ashes campaign which saw Australia triumph by 12 points to 4 in the multi-format series.

Mark Robinson, who was the head coach of the England women’s team that won the 2017 Women’s World Cup, has parted ways with the side after four years, the England Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Tuesday.

Robinson leaves his post after a disappointing Ashes campaign which saw Australia triumph by 12 points to 4 in the multi-format series. The hosts managed to win just one game – the final T20I and draw the Test match.

Assistant coach Alastair Maiden will take temporary charge of the team ahead of this December’s ICC Women’s Championship series against Pakistan.

Robinson’s move comes as a shock considering that he was doing a great deal of good work with the domestic system that was set for a boost with the introduction of the women’s Hundred competition.

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“Mark can reflect on his time as England coach with a great deal of pride,” Clare Connor, the ECB’s managing director of women’s cricket, said.

“Winning the Women’s World Cup in 2017 in front of a packed Lord’s was a landmark moment for the whole game and his leadership and professionalism were an integral part of our success.

“He drove high standards across young players to become the best team in the world as well as coaching them to understand the demands of professional sport.

“Mark passionately championed the development of the women’s game during his time in this role and we thank him for all he has contributed to England women’s cricket during such an exciting stage of our journey. However, after discussions with Mark, we have agreed that now is the right time for him to step down as England Women’s Head Coach.

“It is important that we give Mark’s successor time to shape the team’s future direction and to begin to develop strong relationships with the players as we plan for the next phase of our international calendar.”

Robinson said: “I’ve had so many highlights and memorable moments with the team. Nothing could ever surpass winning the ICC Women’s World Cup on home soil, but from a pure coaching perspective, reaching the T20 final last November – with a depleted team, three non-contracted players and three players twenty years old or younger – is a huge personal highlight.

“It’s been exciting to watch so many players grow and to watch so many records broken, but it feels the right time for me to take on a new challenge and to allow a different voice to come in before the next T20 World Cup in Australia.

“We have put a lot of groundwork in place, and this, coupled with the new investment into the women’s game will make a huge difference in time.

“I would like to thank everyone associated with England Women for all the kindness and support they have shown me and wish Heather and the team all the best for the future.”