England have hunted down all-winning Aussies to join the Kiwis in the men’s coaching ranks

Australia’s all-time winning women’s cricket team is looking for a new coach where Matthew Mott has accepted an offer to lead England’s men’s white-ball team.

Mott will join Brendon McCullum in an attempt to turn England’s flag-bearing fortunes after the former New Zealand star was appointed Test coach last week.

His current assistant and former star all-rounder Shelley Nietzsche will coach Australia in a tri-series in Northern Ireland and in the promotion of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Mott has coached Australia since 2015, and the team has been unstoppable since being knocked out unexpectedly in the semifinals of the 2017 ODI World Cup.

Australia held an unprecedented time at No. 1 in the T20 and 50-over format and also set a new world record by winning 26 straight ODIs.

Matthew Mott

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“I am honored to be part of such an amazing group for the last seven years,” said the 48-year-old.

“I am leaving with a heavy heart but with many wonderful memories.

“On-field success is well documented but it is the lifelong friendship that I have built that resonates most with me.

“I am very proud to be a part of a game that I have been able to endure for the last few years and bring a brighter future through it.

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

“I wish the team all the best and look forward to seeing them grow to become an incredible legacy.”

While negotiating with England about the vacancy, Mott was traumatized by the tragic death of “great comrade” Andrew Symonds.

“The support of her beautiful family and close friends is going to be crucial in the days to come so I respectfully request for some time to process her passage and the immense loss before making any comment,” Mott said.

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hawkley paid tribute to Mott for leading the women’s team.

“Under Matthew’s leadership, the team has claimed every major trophy in the offer and, importantly, inspired kids across the country to pick up bats and balls,” Hawkley said.

“She should be proud of the legacy she has helped build with our women’s team.”


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