England have appointed Australian women’s boss Matthew Mott as their new men’s white-ball coach on a four-year contract.
The 48-year-old has overseen his native Australia’s dominance in the women’s game as holders of the Ashes and both the T20 and 50-over World Cups.
Mott also had a stint in county cricket, leading Glamorgan and Australia’s New South Wales.
He will team up with new Test coach Brendon McCullum as England divide their leadership roles across the formats.
“It would always take something special to leave the role I’ve loved on the Australian women’s team for the past seven years,” said Mott.
“However, I sincerely believe that the time is right to play a part in helping the English ODI and T20 group for men continue to evolve as one of the best teams in the world.”
His first series will be a one-day three-game international tour of the Netherlands starting on June 17, for Twenty20s and ODIs later in the summer against India and South Africa.
The 2022 T20 World Cup kicks off in Australia in October, while England will defend their 50-over world title in India next year.
England’s director Rob Key said it was a “true privilege” to appoint Mott and described him as “excellent” during the interview process.
“We are fortunate to appoint a head coach who has not only been involved in international cricket for the past few years, but has also worked in franchise cricket around the world,” said Key.
“More importantly, what he’s done with the Australian women’s team is what will be asked of him to achieve for our men’s whiteball squad.”
Who is Matthew Mott?
Mott, who has had a solid first-class batting career in his home country, led Australian women to two T20 World Cups after taking it over in 2015 – they were second in the other in 2016 – and added the 50-over crown earlier this year.
Between 2018 and 2021, Australia won 26 matches in ODI cricket – a record in the men’s and women’s international.
They were undefeated in four Ashes series under Mott, each contesting the Test, ODI and T20 formats combined, beating England in this year’s match without losing a match.
After retiring in 2004, he began his coaching career with New South Wales in 2007, where he won the first-class Sheffield Shield in his first season and led them to victory in the Champions League T20 tournament in 2009.
He coached Glamorgan between 2011 and 2013, reaching the final of the domestic 40-over competition at Lord’s in his last campaign.
Mott was an assistant coach with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2008 Indian Premier League where he teamed up with McCullum.
McCullum subsequently recommended him for the role of New Zealand coach, although Mott turned down the position in order to extend his contract in New South Wales.
Analysis – ‘he manages players very well’
Spinner Alex Hartley who played for England against Mott’s Australia:
Australia is arguably the best sports team in the world.
They have been so successful for many years and as England are the best men’s whiteball team in the world it will be an opportunity for him to apply some of the things he has learned to this dominant Australian side.
He manages players very well. He has created this incredible Australian side where they are almost unbeatable. He has many talented players but manages them very well and gives them confidence.
That’s the same role he would play on the England men’s team. The talent is there, it’s about getting the best out of the players in different situations.