Mott 'more determined than ever' despite England's World Cup fail

Mott 'more determined than ever' despite England's World Cup fail

Matthew Mott insisted he is “more determined than ever” to coach England’s white-ball teams after their ODI World Cup group stage exit, and said he hopes to be in charge when they tour the Caribbean next month to play against the West. Indians.

Mott is 18 months into a four-year contract and oversaw England’s T20 World Cup title-winning campaign in Australia last year. But England’s disastrous defense of their over-50s title sparked some speculation about his future in charge, especially after six defeats in his first seven matches put his place in the Champions Trophy in jeopardy. of 2025.

They confirmed their qualification with convincing victories over the Netherlands and Pakistan, but seventh place was still a significant failure. “We are incredibly disappointed,” Mott said after England cruised to a 93-run victory in Calcutta on Saturday night. “We came here with certain expectations and we haven’t met them.”
Rob Key, England’s general manager and Mott’s boss, returned to India in midweek and, although Mott did not seek direct assurances about his position, he has been involved in selection for December’s tour. England will play three ODIs and five T20Is against the West Indies, with Mott and Jos Buttler continuing as coach and captain.

“I haven’t even talked about it,” Mott said of his coaching future. “It has not been a great tournament for everyone, but there are many teams that are going to participate [away] from here also very disappointed with their performance. There is only one team that can win it. “I feel pretty comfortable in my skin.”

Asked if he hoped to continue, Mott told the BBC: “Of course I do. We’ve had a bad tournament, but we have a lot to look forward to. We’re very confident about this.” team that we can change this and we are looking forward to the West Indies…if anything, I am more determined than ever.”

Mott admitted he had learned a lot about himself as a coach at the World Cup, but did not elaborate, saying there had already been “enough strong opinions” from the English press. “That’s something you guys need to figure out,” he said. “I’m sure there is enough public comment for you to capture it and make your own decisions.”

Of Buttler, Mott said: “He has a great future. Leadership is judged in difficult times and he has continually tried to motivate the boys. He is clearly disappointed with his own contribution, but none of that has affected the way he has led. the team. I’ve been very impressed with the way he’s kept the team together. He’s an immensely talented player who will bounce back.”

England’s players and management have repeatedly played down any suggestion of a breakdown in the tour over the past two weeks, and Mott said winning their last two matches highlighted the team’s “tenacity and resilience”. He added: “I couldn’t be more proud of the whole group (staff and players) for finding a way to end up with something to build on.”

Their performances have improved significantly in the final week of the World Cup, with a narrow loss against Australia before their consolation wins. England arrived in India just a week before their opening match against New Zealand and concentrated their preparation over a month-long period at the end of their home summer.

“I have no doubt that if we had time to get out here with the schedule, we would have done it.” [performed better]”Mott said. “That’s the ideal preparation. But I’m not sure how that’s possible… we play the cards we’re dealt. We don’t make schedules, and that’s certainly not an excuse. “We definitely could have started the tournament a little better, but we can’t change that now.”