Recently retired Australian and Lendlease Breakers great Alex Blackwell will join the coaching staff at the Lancashire Thunder during the 2018 English T20 Kia Super League.

The former Breakers captain, who announced her retirement from cricket for Australia and New South Wales at the end of last season, previously appeared in the Women's Cricket Super League for Yorkshire Diamonds in 2016.

The 34-year-old made a record 251 international appearances for her country during a decorated career. Blackwell was a part of winning teams at two World Cups and three World T20s for Australia.

She captained the Sydney Thunder team that claimed the first Women's Big Bash League title in 2015-16 and won numerous Women’s National Cricket League titles with the Breakers as a player and captain.

"After recently retiring from a 15-year international cricket career, I'm keen to get into coaching and I am thrilled to be given an opportunity to coach in one of the world's premier T20 competitions," Blackwell said.

"My experience as captain of the inaugural Women's Big Bash League-winning Sydney Thunder team has given me great insight into what it takes to win a T20 tournament.

"I look forward to assisting each of the Lancashire Thunder squad members to ... reach new heights both individually and as a squad."

Blackwell will continue to play T20 cricket for the Sydney Thunder in WBBL 04 next season.