England have roped in Matthew Mott as their white-ball head coach. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have handed Mott a four-year contract. The 48-year old beat competition from former England skipper Paul Collingwood to bag the lucrative role. Mott has left his position as head coach of Australia’s women’s side to take up the role. Earlier this month, ECB had named former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum as the head coach of the Test team.
England will have different head coaches for Test and limited-overs format for the first time since 2014. Earlier this year in February, ECB had sacked Chris Silverwood’s as England’s head coach across formats. Talking about Mott, he was unanimously selected as the standout candidate by the ECB’s selection panel. The panel included ECB’s new Managing Director Rob Key, Strategic Adviser Andrew Strauss, Performance Director Mo Bobat and Tom Harrison.
Mott was in charge of Australian women’s team since 2015. During his tenure, the Australian team was the most dominant team in women’s cricket. Under Mott, Australia Women won consecutive ICC T20 World Cups in addition to winning this year’s ICC Women’s 50-Over World Cup. He also guided the team to 26 consecutive wins in ODIs which is a record in either the men’s or women’s game. Prior to becoming coach of the women’s team, he had worked as the head coach of New South Wales, Glamorgan in addition to working as a consultant for Ireland during the 2015 ICC Men’s World Cup.
“I am delighted to accept the opportunity to take this white-ball role with England. Whilst I am Australian, I have deep connections, and several of my closest friends are in the UK, having spent considerable time in Scotland, Wales and England, both as a player and coach. When this role became available, I was attracted by the chance to work with such an established and successful team under the astute leadership of Eoin Morgan and now Rob Key, whom I have always admired as an excellent cricket mind,” said Mott after his appointment.
“The idea of the split roles and the chance to work alongside Brendon McCullum in his red-ball role is an opportunity that I am incredibly enthusiastic about and certainly provides the right balance for my family as we embark on this exciting journey,” he added.
Mott’s stint with England is likely to start next month when England travel to the Netherlands for a three-match ODI series. It will be followed by a blockbuster limited-overs series at home against India. India and England are set to play three T20Is and as many ODIs.