Malan won’t blame coach Mott for England’s dismal title defence

FILE PHOTO:Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 - India v England - Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India - October 29, 2023 England's Dawid Malan in action with India's Mohammed Siraj as he hits six runs REUTERS/Andrew Boyers/File Phot

Dawid Malan, an opener for England, believes it is unjust to hold coach Matthew Mott accountable for the team’s dismal 50-over World Cup championship defense in India.

After five losses in six games, the holders are firmly anchored at the bottom of the table and are only theoretically still in the running for a spot in the semi-finals.

Their lone victory in the competition came against Bangladesh, and they have now lost four straight games after falling to India, who are currently atop the table.
Malan told BBC Sport, “Motty is not the one walking out on the field,” before their next game on Saturday against a resurgent Australia.

“When we step over that rope, it is our job as players. “Everything we require to function is being provided to us.

“Everything is being done as it always has, including the facilities and work; we simply can’t figure out how to put victories on the board.

“It has been frustrating from a players’ point of view because we know we’re better than that.”

Despite having a solid batting squad, England has failed to score more than 200 runs in three of their last four games and has been unable to complete their allotted 50 overs in four previous outings.

“We’ve played six games now and we’ve not been anywhere near where we wanted to be so it is disappointing from that point of view,” Malan stated.

“It is rather difficult to summarize. Right now, we can’t seem to get any momentum or rhythm going.

“We’re not used to being in this position.” Malan, 36, stated that England would want to return to their best form in the remaining group games. England has to finish in the top eight to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be done for that but I’d love the guys to play in that,” stated Malan.

“Hopefully we can find the momentum and finish the World Cup on a high.”


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