Matthew Mott and jos Buttler. PC- Getty
Matthew Mott and jos Buttler. PC- Getty

Last Update on: October 27th, 2022 at 11:36 am

In order to prepare his team for their competitive ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match against Australia in Melbourne on Friday, England coach Matthew Mott will avoid the impulse to make too many changes.

Following a disappointing five-run (DLS method) loss to Ireland at the MCG on Wednesday, Mott’s team will now play the defending T20 World Cup champions in front of their home crowd. This game will be crucial for both teams and will play a significant role in determining the makeup of the semi-finals.

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But Mott claimed that for England, it was business as usual, and he likely will use the same starting lineup against Australia unless one of his bowlers has a sore throat.

“We have played really solid cricket for the last month, we are not going throw the baby out with the bath water,” Mott said on Thursday.

“It’s just business as usual as we would. We’ll go through the sessions, see who’s pulled up well, and make changes.”

England vs Australia. ENG vs AUS
England vs Australia. ENG vs AUS (Credits: Twitter)

“But it is very unlikely to change the structure of the team. It might be a change here or two depending on how the bowlers pulled up,” Matthew Mott added.

“He’s an incredible player for our team”: Matthew Mott

The form of Ben Stokes has been one talking point for England thus far, with the experienced all-rounder and current Test captain having made just one score in double figures from five innings since he arrived in Australia earlier this month.

However, Matthew Mott anticipates that Stokes will shortly return and that his greatest form will come against Australia.

“He’s an incredible player for our team,” Mott said of Stokes.

“He’s a real leader in our group as well, apart from the official leaders. I thought his bowling has been a real bonus for us. I think a lot of people probably underestimate his bowling coming into this tournament.”

Ben Stokes. PC- Getty
Ben Stokes. PC- Getty

“And he’s been key for us. I think he’s bowled some big overs, particularly in the Powerplay. With the bat, he hasn’t come off yet. But his career would suggest that at some point someone’s going to pay a price and hopefully that’s Australia in a day’s time” Matthew Mott Added.

On Friday, October 28, England will face off against the defending champions Australia in Melbourne.