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A different unit’: England white-ball cricket coach Mott asks for patience

England white-ball coach Matthew Mott has told fans not to dwell on the past and called for “a bit of patience and a bit of perspective”.

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Mott said the current squad is a “very different unit” to the side that won the World Cup in 2019 under Eoin Morgan and lost in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup last year.

England suffered a crushing defeat in the deciding Twenty20 against South Africa on Sunday and have not lost a home series in the format since 2018, losing two in the space of a month. In that time he has also played two three-match one-day internationals, a loss against India, and a draw against the Proteas, leaving Jos Buttler without a win in four white-ball series since taking over the captaincy in June.

Mott said: “A lot of people look back on what a great team this is. It’s a very different unit now. We need to recognize that and make sure we live in the present Let’s work on what we need to get better at.

“I think Jose is really honest about where we have to go. It hasn’t been a good performance all summer and there are areas we can really improve on.”

England has been hit not only by Morgan’s retirement but also by injuries to a number of bowlers – Mott said it would be “a long time” for Jofra Archer to play in the T20 World Cup in October, while Mark Wood ” is “Probably close” – and among poor form batsmen.

Jason Roy has had a particularly testing summer: in the last three years, he averaged 48.76 in 17 T20 innings at home, with a strike rate of 111.7, this summer he averaged 12.66 at a strike rate of 77.55.

“When you’ve been a great player, and you’ve done great things on a big stage, you deserve a little bit of loyalty,” Mott said. “You can put it off for a while, but sometimes tough decisions need to be made. No one on the team has a mortgage in place.

With several young batsmen, most notably Phil Salt and Harry Brooke, on the fringes of the side, Mott said a good performance in the hundred starting on Wednesday could be decisive. “Both of those players are chomping at the bit for a game,” he said. “It’s really healthy.

They’ve got a chance now to get to a hundred, score a mountain of runs, keep pushing, and be ready when that opportunity comes.

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