T20 World Cup: England coach Matthew Mott says squads won’t make big changes


Date: on October 28 Hour: 09:00 BST Place: MCG
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England will not “throw the baby out with the bathwater” in Friday’s crucial T20 World Cup match against Australia despite losing to Ireland on Wednesday, says coach Matthew Mott.

The shocking five-wicket defeat means losing the Ashes to their rivals, but will end England’s hopes of progressing.

But, despite his poor performance with bat and ball against Ireland, Mott dismissed the idea of ​​making major changes.

“You can’t reinvent yourself overnight,” Mott told the BBC.

“Many teams that have won the World Cup have lost particularly early.

“It might be a little bit of a sting you need. We don’t want to lose a game, but it will probably galvanize the team in terms of our approach.”

England’s loss sets up a highly anticipated encounter at Melbourne’s 94,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground, with hosts and defending champions Australia losing their first match of the tournament in a similar position.

After a poor start with the ball, England dismissed Ireland for 157 on Wednesday but struggled to chase their top order as they finished on 105-5, five runs short of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) target when rain brought. premature end

Ben Stokes, who returned to this tournament after not playing a Twenty20 international for more than a year, made six off eight balls, while number three Dawid Malan found no time in his 35-37.

But Mott ruled out tweaking the batting order – a move that could have meant Moeen Ali or Liam Livingston moving up the order – and suggested that any changes to the XI would come in the bowling department if the bowlers were not doing well. second game in three days.

“I think we’ve played some really good cricket over the last month,” Australia’s Mott said.

“We had a bad day yesterday but we’re not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

Mott, speaking early on Thursday morning after England’s Melbourne Cricket Ground training session was forced indoors due to more rain, was firm and honest in response to questions about England’s defeat, describing the performance as “tight”.

It is understood that captain Buttler and all of Stokes had a tough talk in the dressing room after the defeat.

“We were a little stunned last night,” Mott said.

“In games like this the weather plays tricks on your mind and on reflection, we were probably a bit stiff as a team.”

England are third in Group 1, level on two points with Australia, after New Zealand beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

While a defeat for either side would not mathematically rule them out of a top-two finish and a place in the finals, they would need to win their final two games to avoid an unlikely set of results.

Rain could still be a factor again with more showers forecast for Friday.

Finch brushes off concerns over form

Australia overcame a slow start to beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday, responding to being dismissed for 111 from 201 for 111 with a seven-run victory.

There has been speculation about captain Aaron Finch’s place in the side after he was dismal throughout the knock against Sri Lanka – a 42-ball 31 at the top of the order.

Asked what he made of suggestions he should step down, Finch joked: “[It is] Good thing I picked the team then, right?”

He added: “I still feel confident in my game, 100%.”

Spinner Adam Zampa missed Tuesday’s win after testing positive for Covid-19. Finch said he hoped Zampa would be available.

“I hear Zamps is feeling a lot better,” Finch said.

“He was really flat the day before the game. We were going to give him as much time as possible to get up for the game, but he thought it was going to take too much out of him.

“Going into a World Cup game you want to be at 100%.”

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