Matthew Mott will bring England’s best players to justice – Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan believes New England whiteball coach Matthew Mott will not be afraid to “hold some of the best players in the world to account” ahead of their first appointment.

The partnership between captain and coach Morgan and Mott begins on Friday in a quiet area of ​​Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam, for the first of three one-night internationals against the Netherlands.

Brought in to share coaching duties alongside Brandon McCallum, who made a charming start in charge of the Test side, Mott vowed not to over-assert himself at the start of his reign.


Eoin Morgan will captain England against the Netherlands (Sean Botterill/PA)

But having seen the Australian women’s team’s steady success, Morgan is convinced the Queenslander will not be intimidated by playing in a dressing room that houses several men’s World Cup winners with 50 years of experience.

Morgan said: “One of the attributes when we think about the future of our white ball game and what the team needs is an experienced coach who brings that lust for success and is not afraid to bring some of the best players in the world to justice. in a command environment. Motty brings it.

“Motti is a guy I didn’t see often but definitely at Glamorgan and Kent and I had a lot of feedback from (former England manager) Trevor Baylis. It was all from someone who is an all-round guy who isn’t afraid to challenge things and push them forward.”

The decision to separate those in charge of the red and white ball groups was made by the managing director of the England men’s cricket team, Rob Key, following the sacking of Chris Silverwood after the disastrous Ashes streak.

Silverwood’s reign has been overshadowed by Covid and the bubble’s biosecured environment, which was essential for cricket to resume amid the pandemic, so Morgan felt some sympathy following the Yorkshireman’s departure.

Morgan added: “Covid has exacerbated both roles and in my opinion it has become impossible to lead in all three formats.

“There is so much going on, getting into Covid bubbles with 21 or 22 players, sometimes 28. Trying to manage so many people on and off the field becomes too much and your job is not dependent on performance. in fact it revolves around just passing by.

“The separation of roles allows the coach to do so many things.”

Morgan declined to name his XI for the first ODI, but Phil Salt is likely to partner with Jason Roy, with the pair initially splitting the grid at Thursday’s final practice as Johnny Bairstow is unavailable following his heroic test earlier this week.

David Malan, Morgan, Liam Livingston and Jos Battler seem set to make up the rest of the top team, but the identity of the bowling line-up is a little more unclear, with five leftists selected due to injuries to several first team players. players including Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Chris Wookes.

The inclusion of Adil Rashid is the only certainty as the rider is ready for his first outing against the Dutch since they upset England at the 2009 T20 World Cup. Both Morgan and Rashid made their international T20 debuts that day, while the Netherlands also beat England in the 2014 T20 World Cup.

When asked if a hat-trick was possible, hosts captain Peter Silaar replied: “How great!

“But we play in a different format, England at that time was in a different mental space, especially in white ball cricket than it is now.

“If I said that we want to win the series 3-0, I would be stupid if I said that we want to compete in three games.”