Matthew Mott Sets the Record Straight in Response to Morgan’s ‘Rift’ Comment
In the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, England‘s performance has left much to be desired, with the team facing a series of disappointing losses. Their current position in the tournament has raised concerns, leading to speculations of a rift within the squad. However, Matthew Mott, England’s white-ball coach, has dismissed these claims, asserting that the team remains a close-knit group despite their challenging circumstances.
England’s latest defeat came at the hands of India, who secured a dominant 100-run victory. This loss has pushed England to the bottom of the tournament table, with only one win in six matches. Despite their bleak performance, Mott emphasized that the squad remains unified and is doing its best to maintain a positive atmosphere within the team.
Mott’s comments come in response to statements made by Eoin Morgan, England’s former World Cup-winning captain. Morgan, who is not part of the current World Cup squad, suggested that something unsettling might be occurring behind the scenes. Morgan’s insights into the team dynamics raised concerns about the players’ morale and their ability to perform at their best.
“Something else [is] going on … there has to be,” Morgan said. “But there was a different level of expectation in that changing-room,” Morgan added. “You were only expected to qualify for the quarter-finals. You weren’t expected to compete for silverware.”
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Matthew Mott, in his role as the team’s coach, defended the unity of the squad and their dedication to improving their performance. He acknowledged the challenges that come with losing matches but commended the team for sticking together and supporting one another.
“There’s every opportunity when you’re losing to splinter and go other ways,” Mott said. “[But] people are putting their arms around each other trying to help them. It’s easy to do that when you’re winning, but a lot harder when you’re losing and I’m proud we just keep trying to get up.”
Chris Woakes, one of England’s standout performers in their match against India, expressed the frustration within the squad due to their underwhelming performances in the World Cup. He admitted that the lack of confidence and the inability to perform at their best had been a significant hurdle for the team. Woakes highlighted the tough competition at the World Cup and the need for every player to be at their best to compete in these conditions.
“If we could buy some confidence at the minute, we’d spend a lot of money on it,” Woakes told Sky Sports. “It’s hard to bottle that up, isn’t it? When you haven’t got confidence, you tend to play some rash shots, or make some decisions where you’d like to have that go again.
“But that’s top elite-level sport, isn’t it? You know you have no given right to perform well at this level. World Cups are incredibly hard to win, and we’ve been fortunate to be on the good side of it in 2019 and 2022. But coming into Indian conditions, you’ve got to have every little part of your game ticking. If not everyone’s playing well, you need to dovetail, and we certainly haven’t done that either.”
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