England have learned from ‘kick in the pants’ at 50-over World Cup ahead of T20 title defence, says Matthew Mott | cricket news

England head coach Matthew Mott says his team has learned from the “kick in the pants” they suffered in last year’s 50-over World Cup as they prepare to defend their T20 title.

Mott’s men lost six of their first seven matches in the 2023 competition in India as they were eliminated in the first round during a dismal title defense.

The 50-year-old says “open” and “vulnerable” talks have been held since then and will be of great use to his team in the Caribbean as they look to win the T20 World Cup for the second consecutive tournament, after triumphing in Australia in 2022, and third time overall.

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Mott, speaking after England’s first T20 international against Pakistan in Leeds was disallowed, said: “I think we’ve had time off to reflect. At the last World Cup we said openly that we got some things wrong and that you learn from your mistakes”. .

“As a group, we have committed to being a little more open in and around our training sessions, a little more vulnerable as a group to help each other.

“I think in India we were all guilty of being a bit insular and trying to solve problems ourselves.

“I think we’re in a very good situation, we had good conversations (after) the kick in the butt we had. How we react if we get off to a bad start is something we’ve identified.”

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England will start their World Cup against Scotland in Barbados on June 4 (3:30pm UK time), live sky sports.

To help them with their preparations, they have brought in former West Indies captain Kieron Pollard as an assistant coach to give them experience of the local conditions.

Manchester City sports psychologist David Young has also helped Mott clarify his messages to the team.

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The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and USA begins on June 1 live on Sky Sports.

Mott said: “I really enjoyed talking to Pollard, he has a very good way with him. He gave us some golden nuggets so we’re hoping for a bit more of that.”

“One of the most exciting things we’ve done is bring in David Young.

“He has been with the team before and has already been a great ally in the messages he sends me, making sure my messages are clear.

“It’s always good to have someone a little away from the team to make sure you’re getting your messages out. I enjoyed that part.”

“Archer is excited to play for England again”

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Mott also said fast bowler Jofra Archer, who has not played international cricket since March 2023 due to a stress fracture in his back, was only going to feature in a maximum of three games against Pakistan, although this could now be reduced to two after of Headingley. washed.

“Just being there again for him will be great. He’s been so patient for so long and so excited to be there,” Mott said of Archer.

“Even today I don’t think it would have been ideal for him to bowl in those conditions if we could keep going, so we’d better be patient and play for the long term.”

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Archer made an impressive return to action for Sussex’s second XI, claiming one wicket in a spell for six against Kent.

Mott added: “We’re pretty close to knowing our starting XI (for the World Cup). Obviously there are a couple of hiccups around the squad, so it might look a little different when we get there.

“We are not going to broadcast it, but we are quite confident in the structure we have and also the options. I think we have a well-balanced team to cover most things and some players coming in are in very good shape as well.

“World Cups are difficult and we are certainly not the first team to go to India and fight, but I think we go to the West Indies having experienced conditions very recently (after a 3-2 loss in the T20I series in the Caribbean before Christmas).

“We played against a strong West Indies team, we were under a lot of pressure and we learned a lot about the local conditions, so we came in with a lot of excitement.”

England vs Pakistan matches

May 22nd: Headingley, 6.30pm – abandoned
25 of May:
Edgbaston, 2.30pm
May 28: Sofia Gardens, 6:30 p.m.
May 30: The Kia Oval, 6:30 p.m.

Watch England’s T20 series against Pakistan and the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and USA live on Sky Sports Cricket.

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