Matthew Mott has been named as the new head coach of England men’s white-ball squads, after being preferred in the role to Paul Collingwood, who took charge during the recent T20I series in the Caribbean.

Mott, 48, joins the set-up after a seven-year stint as head coach of Australia Women, who recently claimed the ODI World Cup in New Zealand to cement their status as one of the most dominant sports teams in the world. On Mott’s watch, they also won back-to-back T20 World Cups and four consecutive Ashes series, while their recent run of 26 consecutive ODI victories is a record in either the men’s or women’s game.

 

His credentials impressed a selection panel comprising the ECB’s outgoing CEO Tom Harrison, the managing director Rob Key, strategic adviser Andrew Strauss, and performance director Mo Bobat, who unanimously agreed that he was the stand-out candidate.
“I am delighted to accept the opportunity to take this white-ball role with England,” Mott said.
He is expected to be in place in the role in time for England’s three-match ODI series in the Netherlands next month, having signed a four-year deal – the same timeframe as Brendon McCullum, the red-ball coach who today unveiled his squad for the first Test against New Zealand, starting at Lord’s on June 2.

Mott’s experience of maintaining the standards in a victorious team will be valued by an England white-ball team that remains one of the best in the world despite recently losing its No. 1 ICC ranking in both formats. England’s next major tournament is the T20 World Cup in Australia this winter, having been eliminated in the semi-finals in the 2021 event in the UAE, while they are due to defend their 50-over crown in India in 2023.
At his unveiling, Mott also took the opportunity to address the tragic death of Andrew Symonds, his close friend and team-mate from his playing days in club cricket and then at Queensland, who died in a car accident aged 46 on Sunday.

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