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England poach conquering Australian to join Kiwi in men’s coaching ranks




Australia’s all-conquering women’s cricket team are looking for a new manager, with Matthew Mott accepting an offer to lead England’s men’s whiteball team.

Mott will join Brendon McCullum in a bid to turn around England’s faltering fortunes after the former New Zealand star was appointed Tests coach last week.

His current assistant and former all-around star Shelley Nitschke will coach Australia for a tri-series in Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth Games campaign in Birmingham.

Mott has been coaching Australia since 2015, with the team almost unstoppable since their unexpected elimination in the semi-finals of the 2017 ODI World Cup.

Australia had an unprecedented time ranked No.1 in the T20 and 50+ formats and also set a new world record by winning 26 consecutive ODIs.

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“I’m honored to have been part of such an incredible group of people over the past seven years,” the 48-year-old said.

“I leave with a heavy heart but with so many wonderful memories.

“Success on the pitch is well documented, but it’s the lifelong friendships I’ve formed that resonate with me the most.

“I’m very proud to have been part of a sport that has been able to endure the past two years and come out of it with an even brighter future.

“This group of players is beautifully led by a number of players, including (captain) Meg (Lanning) and Rach (Haynes), who together have helped forge a culture that will thrive for many years to come.

“I wish the team the best and look forward to seeing them develop what has become an incredible legacy.”

While negotiating with England over the vacancy, Mott was struck by the tragic death of his “great friend” Andrew Symonds.

“The support of his beautiful family and close friends in the coming days is going to be vitally important, so I respectfully ask for some time to process his passing and immense loss before making any further comments.” Mott said.

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley has paid tribute to Mott’s leadership of the women’s team.

“Under Matthew’s leadership, the team won every major trophy on offer and, most importantly, inspired kids across the country to take up a bat and a ball,” Hockley said.

“He should be proud of the legacy he helped create with our women’s team.”

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