Matthew Mott wants England to enjoy extended period of white ball dominance

Matthew Mott has challenged England’s white-ball stars to aim for a prolonged period of dominance that is the hallmark of all major international teams.

Reigning World Cup champions over 50 but semi-finalists of the Twenty20 equivalent last autumn, England have appointed a limited head coach who has a reputation for instilling ruthless vision.

The Australian women’s team have clearly proven to be the pre-eminent side of this era under Mott’s seven-year reign, which he ended last month after agreeing to oversee Eoin Morgan’s charges in the men’s coaching reshuffle in England, with Brendon McCullum tasked with improving the fortunes of the Test outfit.

England won the 2019 World Cup aged 50 (Nick Potts/PA)

Mott is well aware of the talent England have at their disposal, so while he doesn’t plan a radical overhaul of their much-loved on-pitch approach, he has hinted that their mindset needs to be tinkered with.

He told the PA news agency: “This team has certainly done well, there’s no doubt about that, but where you want to be is to be in all the finals all the time – that’s the next one. border.

“This team is about to get there and there are a lot of great teams in the world, but they try to get ahead and then try to get some distance on the pitch, that’s probably where the team wants to arrive.

“It will take time to get there. But everybody gets a little bit of success, when you’re really judged in a good light is when you have that sustained success and play great games all the time. It is something we are hungry to do.

“I’m not going to come here and try to reinvent the wheel. It’s more or less about trying to achieve incremental improvements at all levels.

Mott revealed he originally applied for the Australian men’s job which went to Andrew McDonald, but a side-effect of his refusal landed him on the England doorstep.

He said: “To be honest, I didn’t think I had a realistic chance of getting (the Australian men’s head coaching job).

“It turned out there was a connection with the two companies running the process, they actually shortlisted me for the job in England, so once that opportunity came up, I was very excited.”

England’s previous attempt to split the head coaching duties failed when tensions arose between Andy Flower and Ashley Giles, but Mott and former New Zealand Test captain McCullum have a history together after briefly worked side by side in the Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders.

While Mott admitted that Rob Key, the England men’s cricket general manager, might struggle to balance the needs of his two coaches, the Queenslander felt that all parties shared a pragmatism to overcome any obstacles.

He said: “At some point there will always have to be more emphasis on one of the formats, whether you are leading a World Cup or a major Test series. It can’t be equal all the time because it won’t work.

“It all has to be handled well and sometimes you have to park your ego and look at the bigger picture. Between the three of us, we can definitely work this out.

Mott was speaking in Amstelveen, just south of Amsterdam, as England prepare for three one-day internationals against the Netherlands who were stuck between the second and third Test between Ben Stokes’ side and New Zealand.

The focus is again on Morgan, the architect of England’s clean ball resurgence since 2015 but who has been without half a century in his last 18 T20 shots, averaging 16.

With the T20 World Cup in Australia just four months away, it’s a worrying statistic, but although part of Mott’s tenure is overseeing a change of guard when the time comes after signing a four-year contract , he thinks Morgan still has a lot to offer.

Eoin Morgan, pictured, was supported by New England white ball head coach Matthew Mott (Nick Potts/PA)
Eoin Morgan, pictured, was supported by New England white ball head coach Matthew Mott (Nick Potts/PA)

After overseeing his first training session on Wednesday morning, Mott added: “Great players go through runs at different times and sometimes you flip a switch and it spins and you wonder why all the fuss.

“Watching him beat, he’s in very good positions, he’s doing well and you can already tell what a profound influence he has on the leadership of this group.

“He hasn’t spoken much yet, but you can tell when he speaks, everyone is listening. This leadership is something that is probably not as recognized from the outside as it is from the inside.

“He’s got a lot of good cricket ahead of him.”

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