Mott appointed as England coach in case Morgan retired early, says Key

Matthew Mott was appointed as England’s white-ball coach to provide experience in case Eoin Morgan retired early, reveals Rob Key… with managing director also backing Jofra Archer to play Test cricket again

  • Matthew Mott spent seven years in charge of Australia’s women’s side
  • He was a surprise appointment as England’s white-ball coach by Rob Key in May
  • He adapted quickly to working with Jos Buttler when Eoin Morgan stepped down
  • Key’s first three months have been marked by a turnaround for Test fortunes

Rob Key has admitted he appointed Matthew Mott as England’s white-ball coach because he wanted an experienced figurehead in case Eoin Morgan retired early.

Mott, who spent seven years in charge of the all-conquering Australian women’s side, was a surprise appointment in May – and had to adapt quickly to working with Jos Buttler when Morgan stepped down after the tour of the Netherlands.

England last week lost their T20 series to India, before slumping to a 10-wicket defeat in the first ODI at The Oval on Tuesday. Thursday’s win at Lord’s was extremely welcome.

Rob Key (R) has admitted he appointed Matthew Mott (L) as an experienced figurehead in case Eoin Morgam retired early

Mott (right) spent seven years in charge of the all-conquering Australian women’s side

Key insisted: ‘One of the reasons I wanted someone with experience was in case Eoin Morgan gave it up. When I came in, he pretty much ran that entire set-up. But he never gave that guarantee of ”I will definitely be there for the World Cup.”

‘That became part of the decision-making process. This team really can run itself with Morgan: what’s the best way to do it when he’s not there? That’s why Matthew Mott.’

Key, whose first three months as managing director have been marked by a dramatic turnaround for England’s Test fortunes, also backed injured fast bowler Jofra Archer to play Test cricket again.

He had to adapt quickly to working with Jos Buttler (right) when Morgan (left) stepped down

Archer, who was ruled out for the season in May with a stress fracture of the back, has not appeared in a Test since February 2021.

‘I am hopeful he will be involved in everything,’ said Key. ‘Unless there’s someone who knows a lot more about backs and injuries, I am not going to change my view on that.’

But he admitted there were no guarantees Archer would be fit in time for the T20 World Cup, starting in Australia in October.

‘Jofra’s a little way off,’ he said. ‘But every time I watch England play, as well as we’re doing at times, I think we’re still a better side with Jofra Archer coming into it.’

Key also backed injured fast bowler Jofra Archer to play Test cricket for England again




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