Mott has Key's 'full backing' to continue as England white-ball coach

Mott has Key's 'full backing' to continue as England white-ball coach

Matthew Mott has the “full backing” of Rob Key to continue as England white-ball coach despite their World Cup group stage exit in India.
Mott expressed his desire to continue in the role after England’s 93-run victory over Pakistan in Kolkata on Saturday, which confirmed the consolation prize of a seventh place finish and a place in the 2025 Champions Trophy. “In any case, “I’m more determined than ever,” he said.

England CEO Key said on Sunday morning that Mott has his full support ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup. Key himself took the blame for England’s shortcomings, which he claimed were the result of his desire to prioritize his Test team.

“Coaching is quite simple: you’re judged on your results, but you’re also judged on the way your players go out to play and they haven’t done that at all,” Key told the BBC. “Matthew would be the first to say that.

“But I find it a funny position to be in where I blame Matthew Mott for this when in many conversations I’ve had to say, ‘I’m sorry, you’re not going to have your best team, you’re not going to have Joe Root, Ben Stokes, all of them. these people because the test team will.

“So the first time something goes wrong, I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Actually, you should have done this, you should have done that.'” We’ll have some pretty honest conversations, like you do on these things, and you’ll say, ‘Okay, what are you going to do to make this better?’ But as far as I’m concerned, he has my full support and the opportunity to try to change things.”

Key said it was difficult for him to criticize Mott or Jos Buttler, who will retain his role as captain, as their own decisions had undermined their ability to drive England’s ODI team forward since their appointments early last summer.

“It’s very difficult for me to criticize Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott when I’m the one who, whenever the decision is made whether or not we focus on 50-over cricket, Test cricket or T20, I’ I’ve always chosen Test cricket,” Key said.

“Every time I’ve been the one. So I really take responsibility, more than anyone else, for what went wrong in this. There are a lot of things that we would do differently that we have to try and do.” “.

England have made a number of changes for their tour of the Caribbean next month, and Key said Buttler and Mott would be given the chance to lead a rebuild. But he hinted that another title defense like this could prompt a change in leadership.

“I think Jos will be a better leader in this,” Key said. “We have to choose [squads by asking]’Who are our best white ball players?’ Bang, put them there. We have to redefine each role: who do we want? Who is the best player to fulfill that role.

“Investing in them will give Jos that clarity going forward. I feel like this should be what should make those two a partnership. If it’s not, it’s not, and you move on, but we have to make sure that some “The good comes out of what has been a very poor World Cup.”