Matthew Mott’s job as England coach in jeopardy after 2024 T20 World Cup disappointment

Matthew Mott

England national cricket team white-ball coach Matthew Mott’s position in the team has come under serious criticism following the team’s debacle in the 2024 T20 World Cup semi-final against India. As per reports from ESPNCricinfo, it has been learnt that CEO Rob Key will soon make the decision.

Matthew Mott had held the minimal expectation of making it to the semi-finals but after the team lost to India, he claimed that he was the right man to take the team forward. He has now come under a more serious scanner, especially after the team’s poor performances in the last few events.

England had a debacle in the ICC World Cup 2023 and now failed to defend the T20 World Cup title. But the fact remains that the Jos Buttler-led side defeated only one Test-playing opponent during the tournament, which has been seen as a cause of concern for the team.

Matthew Mott, who is two years into a four-year contract, will be the key focus of Rob Key’s review meeting for the 2024 T20 World Cup. Some of the questions that will be up for discussion at the meeting will be:

“Can Mott revitalise a team that appears to have stagnated? Are England making genuine progress under Mott’s leadership? If not, is there an obvious replacement? And would they be willing to take on the scrutiny of a job where a World Cup semi-final exit is a sackable offence?”

Reports also added that Rob Key will review whether Matthew Mott is the right man to take England forward in the white ball or not. The team will be going through the transition phase and it will be reviewed if the current coach has a clear vision of what comes next.

Jos Buttler’s position as captain of the white-ball team is also under scrutiny

Reports also claimed that Jos Buttler’s position as captain will also be under the microscope. But his place as team leader will depend on whether he wants to continue or not. But Rob Key knows the quality that wicketkeeper-batsman brings and will continue to be a key player for the team.

It is also learned that senior players Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan will not get opportunities now. The ECB believes their time is up and there is a good chance Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood will also miss the next T20 World Cup in India and Sri Lanka in early 2026.

England are now looking to rebuild and bring in some new faces who will bat around Harry Brook and should bat at number 3 or 4. Along with him, Phil Salt will also be part of the team. The team will be chosen based on performances at the Cien, which begins next month. It remains to be seen what the team’s future on the white ball will be in the future.