Matthew Mott extended his contract as the head coach of Australia's women's team on Wednesday, 15 January, until the end of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.
In Mott's immediate sights, though, would be the T20 World Cup, which begins on 21 February at home. Australia, the top-ranked team in MRF Tyres ICC Team Rankings in both ODIs and T20Is begin the tournament as firm favourites. They're by far the most successful team in the competition's history, having lifted the title four times out of six, including in the previous edition in 2018, hosted by the West Indies. Australia will play India in the tournament opener in Sydney.
"We are thrilled that he has agreed to extend his tenure as Head Coach of the Australian Women's Team beyond the 2021 World Cup," said Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager of National Teams. "Matt is regarded as one of the game's elite coaches across the cricket-playing world.
We’re thrilled to announce that Matthew Mott has extended his contract as Head Coach of our Australian Women’s Team.— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) January 15, 2020
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"Matt has played a leading role in that evolution. The eyes of the nation will be watching the team when Australia hosts the women's Twenty20 World Cup next month, and I have no doubt Matt and the entire squad will do the country proud."
Mott has been influential in Australia's meteoric rise ever since he took over the role from Cathryn Fitzpatrick in March 2015. Before the T20 World Cup 2018 triumph, Australia had finished as runners-up in the 2016 edition. The won the 2015 Ashes in England and retained the coveted trophy, having first drawn the 2017-18 edition at home, before outplaying their arch-rivals in their own conditions last year. The standout feat, though, has come in ODI cricket, where the team is currently on an unprecedented 18-match winning streak.
I am excited to see how far this group can go and inspire the next generation of Australian cricketers.
The 46-year-old is excited to be a part of the set-up, in what will be an action-packed season for Australia.
"Coaching this group has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue in the role," Mott said. "This is a special time to be involved in women’s cricket in Australia, with a successful stand-alone WBBL flowing into a home Twenty20 World Cup.
"I am excited to see how far this group can go and inspire the next generation of Australian cricketers."
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