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Women's World Cup-winning coach Robinson leaves England role

Women's World Cup-winning coach Robinson leaves England role

Head coach Mark Robinson, who steered England to victory in the Women's World Cup two years ago, has stepped down after nearly four years in the role.Robinson, 52, departs following a 12-4 series defeat by Australia in the Women's Ashes earlier this summer.The former Sussex men's coach took the England job in 2015 and his side beat India in the World Cup final in 2017.
He also led England to the final of last year's Women's World Twenty20, where they were beaten by Australia.Assistant coach Alastair Maiden will take temporary charge of the team as they prepare for December's ICC Women's Championship series against Pakistan - which is being played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Robinson said: "Nothing could ever surpass winning the 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 20 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."In March, Robinson told BBC Sport that replacing England men's head coach Trevor Bayliss was not "on the radar", with the Australian leaving his role at the end of the summer - but said he may return to men's cricket in the future, having won two County Championship titles in charge of Sussex.More to follow.BBC Sport has launched #ChangeTheGame this summer to showcase female athletes in a way they never have been before. Through more live women's sport available to watch across the BBC this summer, complemented by our journalism, we are aiming to turn up the volume on women's sport and alter perceptions. Find out more here.
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