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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2007, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Connor focused on England success
Clare Connor
Connor led England to victory in the Women's Ashes two summers ago
Clare Connor says a successful England team is her top priority after becoming the new head of women's cricket.

"The most powerful development tool there is in sport is a successful national team," Connor told BBC Southern Counties.

"The more successful the England girls are, the higher profile they are, the more positive knock-on effect that has overall," she continued.

Connor was England captain for six years before retiring in 2006.

She appeared in 16 Tests, 93 limited overs internationals and two Twenty20 matches but the highlight of her career was winning the women's Ashes against Australia two years ago.

"We still hold the Ashes and the team goes in January and February to defend them and play one-day series in Australia and New Zealand - that's a long eight-week tour down under for the girls - they then take on South Africa and India next summer.

"So, well supported by everything that's going on below England level, things are really rosy and there's a huge amount of international cricket on the horizon," she said.

Connor is taking over from Gill McConway, who has led the women's game for the past seven years, and is giving up her job as a teacher at Brighton College to concentrate on the role.

Despite her focus on the England team, she will not be neglecting the other aspect of her role which is to continue the development of women's cricket at school, club, county and regional levels.

"There's a huge number of girls competitions taking place indoors over this winter, the county scene is healthy and there are more and more clubs setting up girls' sections.

"I was at a meeting recently in anticipation of the job and the biggest thing is to ensure that girls who are playing in schools are actually able to carry on in clubs.

"Clubs, if they are to maintain the funding and support they get from the English cricket board, are going to have to be completely equitable when it comes to providing cricket for girls and women," she added.



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