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Matthew Mott expects England blank to ‘light fire’ under captain Eoin Morgan

England white ball head coach Matthew Mott intends to meet Key Rob and Brendon McCullum next week ahead of a busy summer schedule, but stressed that Eoin Morgan has his support.

Mott got off to the perfect start in his new role with a clean 3-0 sweep of the Netherlands in one day, a result widely expected even as England’s record-breakers broke new ground at Amstelveen.

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

While Mott would like to have his best squad available to prepare for this fall’s T20 World Cup, he is aware of the needs of red ball head coach McCullum, with players in all formats. Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root almost certainly needed for England’s test missions against India and the Proteas.

Following the end of England’s third Test against New Zealand at Headingley, Mott plans to catch up with McCullum for the first time since taking office to discuss their respective positions.

For now, however, men’s cricket general manager Key will ultimately be tasked with charting a course for the summer and where the players will be most needed.

England Tests head coach Brendon McCullum, left, is set to meet Matthew Mott next week (Mike Egerton/PA)

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“We have meetings next week and we’ll find out a bit more,” Mott said. “I didn’t get a chance to sit down with Brendon and Rob and the rest of the coaches.

“We all arrived around the same time, so we are all ready to find the best way to resolve the issues and meeting face to face next week will be very important for that.”

Mott stressed that the embryonic stages of his tenure included a lot of “listening and learning,” but it’s clear he has the utmost respect for what Morgan has accomplished during his time as captain.

The 2019 World Cup-winning skipper has made two successive ducks against the Netherlands – he is just half a century old in his last 65 innings in all games – as he missed the ODI final by caution due to a tight groin, an injury which first surfaced when he was on duty at Middlesex last month.

There are question marks over Eoin Morgan’s form and fitness (Zac Goodwin/PA)

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Form and condition issues have led to speculation over how long Morgan will stay out, but Mott has full confidence in the 35-year-old, who has underlined his determination to lead England to the FIFA Cup. T20 world.

“He would like more runs, most batters do,” said the Aussie. “He’s been a class player and over 200 games he’s been a very, very good player and I don’t think that’s going to change.

“Of course he would like to do some runs and there are opportunities ahead. Having missed this game, I’m sure it will kinda light the fire for him for the huge summer ahead.

Mott has revealed that most of his interactions with the England team in the Netherlands have been informal, but he suspects he has a similar outlook to Morgan’s.

Morgan led England to the 50+ World Cup in 2019 (Nick Potts/PA)

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“We share a lot of the same ideas; we both put the team first and seek to get the most out of individuals to work as a team,” added Mott.

“His approach is quite simple. He doesn’t think too much about it, he empowers others and believes in others. It becomes really obvious and I think players are thriving on it.

“They know he’s behind them. Even when we have a bad day, I think he will be the exact same person, I really have that feeling.

England may be world champions at over 50 and ranked second in both white-ball formats, but Mott, who has overseen Australia Women’s continued success, is optimistic they can develop any further.

“What you want to do is keep pushing the limits and keep trying to improve,” he added. “It’s very early to make too many big statements, but I really think this team is capable of more.

“You always want to improve and I don’t think there’s anyone in this dressing room who doesn’t think they can improve.”

Matthew Mott expects England blank to ‘light fire’ under captain Eoin Morgan

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