Melbourne: Australian women‘s head coach Matthew Mott has signed a new three-year contract extension that will keep him at the post until the end of the World Twenty20 tournament in 2020. Confirming the news, Cricket Australia‘s (CA) team performance manager Pat Howard said that they are glad to have Matthew on board for another three years, adding that they are excited to see what he could achieve with the team during the tenure. “It’s a really exciting time in women’s cricket both in Australia and internationally, with a number of countries making strong strides forward and we know we need to work as hard as we can to continue to improve. It’s terrific to have Matthew on board for another three years and we’re excited to see what he and the Australian team can achieve over that period,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Howard as saying. READ: England and Australia set to play first day-night Test match for women
Howard further said that Matthew has a strong relationship with all the players of the squad and that he exactly knows how to get the best out of them. “Matthew has a strong relationship with all the members of the squad and his record shows that he knows how to get the best out of his players. The next 12 months are huge for this group, they have the chance to continue their success in Australian sporting history and we believe Matthew is the person to make that happen,” he added. Ecstatic to renew his contract as coach of the `incredibly` talented group, Matthew said that he is looking forward to guide the team to success over that period of time.
“I’m really excited to have re-signed as coach of this incredibly talented group of cricketers and am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve. This group has tasted sustained success over a period of time and that’s a real credit to each and every player and their dedication to maintaining their position as the best team in the world,” the 43-year-old, who had previously coached New South Wales and Glamorgan, said.
CA’s decision to re-sign Matthew came before the team led by Meg Lanning prepared to compete for the 50-over World Cup in England later this year, with an Ashes series against England to follow. Matthew, who replaced Cathryn Fitzpatrick as the Australian women’s team coach , oversaw Ashes series win in England later that year, the first time this had been achieved since 2001.