Keightley’s side will be based at the famous Lords Cricket Ground, and she said she was excited to be a part of a brand-new tournament.
“It is an honour to be appointed as the first female coach for The Hundred and to be a part of a tournament that is set to showcase the best women’s players from around the world,” Keightley said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a coach in England and the prestige and opportunity of this role made it an easy decision for me to come back.”
The tournament will take place over a five-week period next summer in the UK (during the Australian off season) with eight city-based franchises in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton, Cardiff and two teams in London (to play at Lord's and The Oval).
The 100-ball concept will see bowlers permitted to bowl five or 10 consecutive deliveries, a change of ends after 10 balls, a maximum of 20 balls per bowler and a 25-ball powerplay to begin each innings, with only two fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle during the powerplay.
Keightley’s link to Lords is a strong one, as she became the first female player to score a century at Lord’s, while playing for Australia in a one-day international against England.
The 47-year-old was the first female coach of the Australian Women’s team and was England Women’s Academy head coach before returning home to coach WA and the Scorchers in the rebel Women’s Big Bash League.