England’s whitewash in Bangladesh an ‘eye-opener’, says Mott
LONDON: England’s 3-0 defeat in their T20 sequence in Bangladesh was once an actual “eye-opener” for the arena champions, white-ball trainer Matthew Mott stated.
Bangladesh secured a 16-run victory in Mirpur on Tuesday to finish the whitewash and Mott stated England must be told from it.
“We really wanted to finish well here. I think it’s been a fantastic tour in terms of what we’ve been up against, a very strong home team,” Mott stated.
“That one hurts. To finish the way we did will leave a bit of a sour taste in our mouths. It should act as a real eye-opener on where we need to improve.”
England have been quick on batters for the sequence after Tom Abell and Will Jacks have been pressured to withdraw because of accidents, and Mott defended the verdict not to name up replacements.
“There was a realisation that we were probably better off investing in some batters here and putting them under pressure in these games. You only learn from your mistakes,” Mott added.
“The opportunities they were given here will give them time to reflect and when we get into pressure situations in World Cups, I am confident that it will have been the right decision.”
However, former England captain Nasser Hussain instructed they have been having a look too a long way forward to the 50-overs Cricket World Cup, which is able to happen in India in October and November.
“I see what they’re trying to do, but the short-term view and the long-term view, you’ve always got to balance that as a selector,” Hussain instructed Sky Sports.
“I just think not having the extra batter sends the wrong message […] Pay attention to this game in front of you, and if you do that then the future will look after itself.”