Blackwell called time on her international and domestic 50-over career in February, had previously played in the inaugural T20 Super League with Yorkshire Diamonds in 2016.

She played 251 international games including two World Cup victories and three World T20 titles.

“I am excited to work with local up and coming cricketers, in addition to some of the world’s best, as coach of Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League this year,” Blackwell told Cricket Australia.

“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.

“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 enjoy the Kia Super League and reach new heights both individually and as a squad.”

The 2018 Super League kicks off on July 22 with a number of Australians expected to be part of the six-team competition.