England’s white-ball team head coach Matthew Mott urged his players to be braver and take calculated risks in the upcoming 3-match ODI series against India starting on July 12.
England lost the T20I series 1-2 against an Indian side that was far more aggressive than usual which surprised the hosts. They were caught off guard and failed to trade blows and ended up losing the series in the first two games.
“What we’ve talked about was just being a bit braver and being prepared to make some mistakes. I think if anything we could have been accused of being a bit timid with the bat. From a batting perspective, there is definitely a real attacking mindset and trying to push the barriers out there and get some big totals out there.”
“And with the ball, it’s more of the same as well. We’ve talked about being brave with the ball, taking some aggressive options, and then just weathering the storm when we need to,” Mott said after the T20I series.
With the ball in hand, England has had different heroes in different matches. While Chris Jordan had a good series, Reece Topley turned up in the third game while debutante Richard Gleeson did his reputation a lot of good.
“Having watched from the outside for a while they’re obviously world-class players and, as a coach, it’s a great opportunity to learn from some of the best players, probably in this format, of all time,” he added.
“He’s very, very well respected in that group” – Matthew Mott on Jos Buttler
Speaking about the new captain, Jos Buttler, Mott said the team will take its time to adjust but Buttler is well respected among his peers and won’t take long to gel with the group.
“He’s very, very well respected in that group – a very balanced person. And I think they’ll really gravitate to him as he gets his teeth into it. The way he responded, especially after the second loss and the series loss, I thought he spoke exceptionally well in the group about these being the times where you learn about character,” he concluded.