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Who is Matthew Mott, the frontrunner to become England’s next white-ball head coach?

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by Conor Hicks 2 minute read

Matthew Mott is expected to be named the new England men’s white-ball head coach in the coming days. Here’s the story of his career so far:

Playing career: 1994-2004

Representing his home state, Queensland, from 1994, Mott’s most notable contribution came with a crucial innings of 86 in their 1996-97 Sheffield Shield final victory. The left-handed batter later moved to Victoria in 1998. He played 48 matches for the state, including a best score of 216 in a game against New South Wales. He retired with a first-class batting average of 33.84 and seven hundreds in the format.

New South Wales: 2004-2011

After retirement, Mott took up a coaching role with New South Wales, before being appointed head coach ahead of the 2007-08 Australian domestic season. During his time involved with the state, they won the Sheffield Shield twice – including in his first season as head coach – as well as the Ford Ranger Cup. He also oversaw New South Wales’ win at the inaugural Champions League T20 competition. During his time as assistant and head coach, played a part in the formative years of current Australian internationals Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, and Usman Khawaja.

Kolkata Knight Riders: 2008-2009

During his time at New South Wales, Mott was involved in the first two seasons of the IPL as KKR assistant coach. Unfortunately, this was not to be a successful stint. The franchise failed to qualify for the playoffs in both seasons, with a last place finish in 2009 compounded by frequent changes of captain and dressing room unrest.

Glamorgan: 2011-2013

Swapping Sydney for Cardiff, the Queenslander was appointed as Glamorgan head coach for the 2011 County season. Making the decision to return to Australia at the conclusion of the 2013 season, Glamorgan failed to finish any higher than 6th in Division Two of the County Championship in his three seasons. After announcing his departure, he would lead the side to their most notable achievement under his stewardship as they reached the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 – their first Lord’s final in 13 years.

Australia Women: 2015-

With considerable coaching experience already amassed by the age of 41, Mott was appointed head coach ahead of the 2015 Ashes in England. While he inherited a side used to success – they were winners of the last three T20 World Cups and the most recent 50 over World Cup – they had lost the last two Ashes series, including a home defeat in 2013/14 for only the third time since the competition’s inception in 1934-35.

In his first Ashes series, Mott’s side would bounce back from this disappointment, reclaiming the urn on English soil. However, his side would soon fall short of their high expectations as they failed to win either the 2016 T20 World Cup or the 2017 World Cup, with a shoulder injury for captain Meg Lanning in the latter ruling her out for six months.

Structural changes to women’s cricket in Australia, including a substantial raise in pay in 2017, perhaps help contribute to a revitalisation of Mott’s side’s fortunes. They would go on to win the 2018 T20 World Cup with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over England in the final, before retaining the Ashes in equally dominant fashion in 2019. Their success continued into the new decade, as they retained the T20 World Cup on home soil in 2020, comfortably defeated England in the 2021/22 Ashes, and went undefeated in their World Cup victory earlier this year.

Mott oversaw Australia’s world record streak of 26 ODI wins 0n the bounce.

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