Fitzpatrick to part ways with Southern Stars

13 Mar 2015

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Cathryn Fitzpatrick will part ways with her role as the Head Coach of the Southern Stars when her contract expires in May.

The former strike bowler who has coached the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars since May 2012, including overseeing three successful ICC World Cup titles, will focus her efforts on coaching at the youth level, having just returned from an overseas tour of Sri Lanka with an Australian development squad.

"I am very proud of my work with the national team and the players' efforts to reach the number one ranking in one-day international and Twenty20 cricket," Fitzpatrick said.

"It's been a very rewarding period, helping develop a group of exciting young players and seeing them achieve great things on the world stage. We have had some time since our last international commitments and it has given me time to reflect on what I think is best for the players to continue their success. Right now I believe that a coach with a fresh approach will help them continue their rise and reach their potential.

"Cricket has been a big part of my life and I am very keen to stay involved with the game, but I want to concentrate on helping our next batch of youngsters coming through the system. I also think I can play a role in building the new Women's Big Bash League, hopefully through a coaching role with one of the teams."