After sewing up The Ashes with a victory at the Junction Oval in Melbourne, Australian Women’s head coach Matthew Mott has praised the team’s drive ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup in New Zealand.
Ahead of their scheduled flight out on Thursday, Mott praised the “resilience” of both the players and support staff as their quarantine arrangements remain up in the air.
“We don’t exactly know what it looks like but we’re prepared for the worst,” Mott said.
“We have been talking out that for a while, being really proactive with our plans and making sure players have some strategies to deal with it.
“It’s a challenge for players and staff to get their head around.”
What is certain is a 10-day quarantine period that will be served upon their arrival, the make-up of which is yet to be communicated to the Australian camp.
As uncertainty lingers, Mott moved to further impress his satisfaction towards the team and their approach to dealing with all obstacles they have already faced over the summer.
“That’s something we have been exceptional at,” he said.
“Dealing with whatever comes at us, and I think our players deserve a lot of credit,”
With the World Cup back, comments surrounding Australia’s disappointing exit at the hands of India in 2017 at the last World Cup continue to linger.
Mott however feels a clarification is needed when comparing that outcome to the current Australian team.
“We just need to be really careful that we don’t keep referring back to 2017 too much,” he said.
“There’s a number of players in this squad who weren’t even on the scene at that time,”
Mott rather sees that as a “crucible” moment for Australian women’s cricket, providing the catalyst moment for effective changes to occur.
“I think that was a crucible moment in our journey to sort of hit rock bottom,” he said
“The biggest stand out in terms of our strategy [now] is our ability to have a number of different bowling options,”
The stockpile of quality bowling options available to captain Meg Lanning on game day is seen by Mott as the biggest difference if a comparison to the 2017 side is to be made.
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Along with the recently completed undefeated Ashes series, the Australian side has only dropped two matches in the 50 over format since that catalyst loss in the 2017 semi-final.
Mott believes that whilst the body of work amassed by the team is great, a world cup provides a very “different opportunity” to tackle.
“We know that every game is absolutely crucial,” he said
“[We will] make sure we are very well planned for all the opportunities that come up against us,”
A trip to Seddon Park on March the fifth awaits the Australians for their first matchup of the tournament against England.
And although the team will be riding the high of the recent Ashes successes, Mott believes that England may yet throw some surprises their way.
“[With] Nat Sciver and [Katherine] Brunt back bowling it’s a very strong team,” He said.
“We certainly won’t underestimate them,”
The ICC Women’s ODI World Cup gets underway on the first of March, with hosts New Zealand coming up against the West Indies.
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