Matthew Mott expects the British to “light the fire” under Captain Eoin Morgan

England whiteball manager Matthew Mott is set to face Rob Key and Brandon McCallum next week ahead of a busy summer schedule, but stressed that Eoin Morgan has his support.

Ott made a perfect start to his new role, beating the Netherlands 3-0 in one day. This result was largely expected, even as England’s record batters broke new ground at Amstelveen.

Attention is now turning to what should be a more competitive series against India and South Africa, with 12 limited-overs matches – three ODIs and three Twenty20s against each country – between July 7-31.


England Test head coach Brandon McCallum (left) is due to face Matthew Mott next week. (Mike Egerton/PA)

While Mott would like to have his best squad ready for the fall T20 World Cup, he is mindful of the needs of Red Ball head coach McCallum as all-formers Ben Stokes, Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root are almost certainly needed for England’s Test assignments. against India and the Proteus.

After the end of England’s third Test against New Zealand at Headingley, Mott plans to meet with McCallum for the first time since they took office to discuss their positions.

For now, however, men’s cricket managing director Key will ultimately be responsible for charting the path for the summer and determining where players will be most needed.

“We have meetings scheduled next week and then we’ll find out a little more,” Mott said. “I didn’t get a chance to talk to Brandon, Rob and the rest of the selectors.

“We all showed up around the same time, so we’re all open to finding the best way to deal with issues, and next week’s face-to-face meeting will be very important to that.”


There are questions about the shape and physical condition of Eoin Morgan (Zach Goodwin / Pennsylvania)

Mott stressed that he “listened and learned a lot” in the early stages of his tenure, but it’s clear that he has tremendous respect for what Morgan has accomplished during his time as captain.

The 2019 World Cup-winning skipper walked away from the Dutch national team twice in a row – he only has half a century in the last 65 innings in all matches – and at the same time he missed the final ODI as a precaution due to a tight groin, an injury that first surfaced when he was on duty at Middlesex last month.

Form and fitness issues have led to speculation about how long Morgan will stay put, but Mott has full confidence in the 35-year-old who has declared his determination to lead England in the T20 World Cup.

“He would like more runs, as do most hitters,” the Australian said. “He was a great player and played over 200 games, he was a very, very good player and I don’t think that will change.

“Of course he would like to get some runs and there are some possibilities. After sitting through this game, I’m sure it will light the fire a bit for him for the huge summer ahead.”


Morgan led England to the 2019 50-man World Cup (Nick Potts/PA)

Mott said most of his interactions with the England team in the Netherlands were informal, but he suspects he has the same views as Morgan.

“We have a lot of common ideas; we both put the team at the forefront and develop how to get the most out of individuals from working as a team,” added Mott.

“He has a pretty simple approach. He doesn’t think too much, he empowers others and has faith in others. It’s really becoming obvious and I think the players are enjoying it.

“They know he has their back. Even when we do have a really bad day, I think he will be exactly the same person, I really understand that.”

England may be 50+ world champions and runners-up in both white-ball formats, but Mott, who has seen Australian women’s enduring success, is optimistic that they can develop further.

“What you want to do is keep pushing the boundaries and keep trying to get better,” he added. “It’s too early to make too many big announcements, but I definitely think this team is capable of more.

“You always want to get better and I don’t think there is anyone in this locker room who doesn’t think they can get better.”