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Paul Shaw was with the England Women’s team for seven years © Getty Images (Representational photo)

England Women’s Performance head Paul Shaw is set to step down following England Women’s Ashes defeat at the hands of rivals Australia Women. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that they are in search of a coach with First-Class or international experience; something Shaw lacked. He helped England Women to back-to-back Ashes wins after having worked with the team for the last seven years and taking over as head of performance in 2013. Shaw will retain his job till the end of 2015. According to Cricinfo, Shaw said, “I have very much enjoyed the past two and a half years working with the England women’s team. My personal highlights have been the successful back-to-back Women’s Ashes campaigns, both in England and Australia, as well as leading a young England team to the 2014 ICC Women’s World T20 final in Bangladesh.”

“The England women’s performance programme has evolved into a world class set-up over the past few years. With this in mind, I believe it is now time to step aside and give someone else the opportunity to take the programme and the team onto the next level, as I look to take on my next challenge.” He signed off by wishing the team the best of luck. “I wish Charlotte and the team every success in what promises to be a very exciting couple of years ahead.”

Director of England women’s cricket Clare Conner said, “The important contribution that Paul has made to the development of England women’s cricket over the last seven years is unquestionable. When Paul was appointed to the new role of Head of England Women’s Performance in 2013, it was at a stage when professionalism of the England women’s team was imminent. His strategic planning, long term vision and relationship management have been instrumental in guiding the programme through this transition.”

She continued saying, “The women’s game is now fully professional and is in a different place to when Paul was appointed two and a half years ago. The decision to move back to a more traditional coaching structure, led by one overarching head coach, ideally with first-class or international playing or coaching experience, is what we believe is now needed to take the players to the next level in their development as professional cricketers.”