The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday (May 18) appointed Australia’s Matthew Mott as the white-ball head coach of the England men’s cricket team.
The ECB’s selection panel comprising ex-CEO Tom Harrison, managing director Rob Key, strategic advisor Andrew Strauss and performance director Mo Bobat unanimously chose Mott as an apt candidate in the interview process.
Matthew Mott has had an incredible coaching journey with so many varied experiences: Rob Key
Mott was appointed Australia women’s team head coach in 2015 and during seven years in charge, the Australian women’s team clinched two T20 World titles, 2022 Women’s World Cup (ODI format), and remained unbeaten in four Ashes series against England.
Under Mott, the Australian women’s team won 26 ODI matches on the trot, a record for any team either men’s or women’s cricket.
Mott is expected to take the charge of the Three Lions from the three-match ODI series against the Netherlands in Amstelveen next month.
“It is a real privilege to be able to announce Mathew Mott as the Head Coach of our men’s white-ball team. He has had an incredible coaching journey with so many varied experiences that have brought him to this point where he was outstanding in the interview process and the perfect fit for our white-ball teams,” Rob Key said in a statement.
“We are lucky to be able to appoint a Head Coach that has not only been involved in international cricket for the last few years but he has also worked in franchise cricket around the world. More importantly, what he has done with the Australian Women’s team is what will be asked of him to achieve for our men’s white-ball sides.
“I’m confident that in Eoin Morgan and Matthew Mott, we have a formidable partnership that can push for more trophies in the coming years and that Matthew will be able to oversee any transition that team will go through in the future,” he added.
I am delighted to accept the opportunity: Matthew Mott
After his appointment as England’s white-ball head coach, the 48-year-old Mott said he is delighted to work along with great personalities like Morgan and Brendon McCullum.
“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,” Mott said.
“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.
“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 played First-Class in Australia for Queensland and Victoria in 66 games, scoring 3723 runs at 33.84. He also played a few List A games for the Netherlands national team.