If reports from ESPNCricinfo are to be believed, then Australia Matthew Mott might pip former England captain Paul Collingwood in the race to become England’s white-ball team head coach. The Australian women’s team coach’s appointment as England head coach in limited-overs might be announced this week.
Following the appointment of Rob Key as managing director of men’s cricket, the ECB opted to split the coaching roles.
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was unanimously appointed as the head coach of the Test team last week after impressing the interview panel comprising Key, Andrew Strauss (ECB consultant), and Tom Harrison (ECB chief executive officer).
In the case of the white-ball head coach job, it is learned the panel also consulted England captain Eoin Morgan.
Matthew Mott Coached Australian Women’s Team To 2022 World Cup Title
Incidentally, McCullum had “recommended” Mott for the New Zealand head coach role nearly a decade ago, a job that eventually went to Mike Hesson. Mott,48, was appointed head coach of the Australia women’s team in 2015 by Cricket Australia.
Since then, he along with captain Meg Lanning has turned the women’s outfit into the “Invincibles”. Having sworn to bounce back after losing their 2017 Women’s World Cup semi-final against India. Australia has lost just two matches in 42 ODIs with the winning streak stretching through an unbeaten run to lifting this year’s World Cup.
Mott has considerable experience as he had been in head coach roles at New South Wales and Glamorgan along with a few short stints with Australia A. In 2009, Mott was also an assistant coach for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.
A wicketkeeper-batter for Queensland, Mott was even in contention for Australia’s head coach role to replace Justin Langer.