IND vs ENG: Matthew Mott urges ‘timid’ England to be ‘brave’ in India’s ODIs

England white ball coach Matthew Mott challenges the 50-over world champion to be “brave” in the upcoming One Day International series against him India After admitting that he was “sneaky” during a recent Twenty20 series.

India registered a 2-1 victory in the three-match T20 campaign but England are set to be strengthened by Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Test captain Ben Stokes for the three-match ODI match starting at The Oval on Tuesday.

England have won all their four Tests since the new red-ball leadership pairing of Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand captain took over, including a seven-wicket win over India in the Covid-delayed fifth Test last week .

It’s been a different story for the white-ball team since World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan announced his international retirement, having lost matches at Southampton and Edgbaston ahead of October’s T20 World Cup in Australia, before denying India a series sweep with a 17-run win at Trent Bridge on Sunday. Of.

“Everyone we talked about was just being a little daring and willing to make some mistakes,” Mott said.

“I think if anything, we could have been accused of being a little sneaky with the bat. There is definitely a real attacking mindset from a batting perspective and trying to clear the odds and get some big totals there. ,

– ‘Aggressive option’ –

Mott, who was previously in charge of Australia’s all-conquering women’s team, said: “And it’s the same with the ball. We talked about being brave with the ball, taking some aggressive options and then facing the storm when needed.”

Root and Bairstow have been in fine red-ball form in England’s Test side under the aggressive Stokes, as the pair thrashed Test world champions New Zealand 3-0 in a 3-0 win over India.

Yorkshire’s batsmen now average over 100 and Mott is looking forward to working with them, as well as World Cup winner Stokes this week.

“I don’t think they need to change much with the way they’re playing, but it’s a slightly different format,” Mott said.

“After looking from the outside for some time they are clearly world class players.”

Mott – who began his reign with a 3-0 ODI series win in the Netherlands in which England set a new world-record score in the 50-over format – also had words of support for Jos Buttler a few days later. Morgan as full-time white ball captain.

Questions have been raised on whether Butler can captain England in T20 cricket apart from opening and keeping wickets.

“Whenever you come to handle the team, when you’ve had a dominant leader like this for a long time, it’s a real feel-out process where you’re working on how you work,” Mott said.

“I’m really impressed with how Jose did it and even more impressed that he hasn’t really scored, but still led really well… and, when he started scoring runs If it does, the conversation will end very quickly.”

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