Mott will hold England to account: Morgan

Eoin Morgan believes new England white-ball manager Matthew Mott will not be afraid to “hold some of the best players in the world to account” ahead of his first assignment.

Morgan-Mott’s captain-manager partnership begins on Friday in the low-key surroundings of Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam, for the first of three one-day internationals against the Netherlands.

Brought in to split the coaching duties alongside Brendon McCullum, who is off to a fascinating start in charge of the Test squad, Australian Mott has vowed not to assert himself too much at the start of his reign.

But having overseen sustained success with Australia’s women’s team, Morgan is convinced the Queenslander will not be put off speaking in a dressing room containing a number of men’s World Cup winners over 50.

Morgan said: “One of the attributes when thinking about the future of our white ball game and what the team requires is an experienced coach who brings that hunger for success and isn’t afraid to hold some of the best players in the world accountable.” . in a team environment Motty brings that.

“Motty is a guy I haven’t come across much, but certainly at Glamorgan and Kent and I got a lot of feedback from (former England manager) Trevor Bayliss.

“It was all from someone who is a well-rounded guy who isn’t afraid to challenge things and push things forward.”

The decision to split who oversees the red and white ball pools was made by England men’s cricket managing director Rob Key following the sacking of Chris Silverwood after a disastrous Ashes series.

Silverwood’s reign was blighted by COVID and the biosecure bubble environments that were necessary for cricket to resume amid the pandemic, so Morgan was sympathetic to the Yorkshire man’s departure.

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

“There’s a lot going on, going into the Covid bubbles with players of 21 or 22 people, sometimes 28.

Trying to manage that many people on the field and off the field becomes too much and his job isn’t about performance, it’s about just getting ahead.

“With the division of roles, there are so many things that it allows the coach to do.”

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

Dawid Malan, Morgan, Liam Livingstone and Jos Buttler look set to form the rest of the top order, but the identity of the bowling line-up is a little less clear, with five left-handers selected amid injuries to several first-team players. . players including Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.

Adil Rashid’s inclusion is the only certainty as the pivot is set for his first appearance against the Dutch since defeating England in the 2009 T20 World Cup.

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