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England aim to recover from chastening start to Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott’s white-ball reign

England look to recover from a contrite start to Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott’s reigns against South Africa…with runs coming under 48H after defeat to India

  • England face South Africa less than 48 hours after the series ends against India
  • Series defeat raised more questions than answers for life after Eoin Morgan
  • Matthew Mott was observed to have the cushier deal when the coaching split
  • But Australian faces the threat of the end of a whiteball era

England must look beyond the emotion of Ben Stokes, Tuesday’s final 50-over game, and try to recover from a chilling start to the white ball regime of Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott.

The busy schedule that has hastened Stokes’ retirement from one-day cricket sees England face South Africa in Durham, less than 48 hours after finishing a series against India that raised more questions than answers for life after Eoin Morgan – and now Stokes .

Mott was believed to have had the softer end of the deal when England decided to return to two coaches, but while their Test cricket has taken off under Brendon McCullum and Stokes, the Australian finds himself dealing with the threat of the end of a white-ball era.

England must try to recover from a chastening start to Matthew Mott .'s white ball regime

England must try to recover from a chastening start to Matthew Mott .’s white ball regime

England must look beyond the emotion of Ben Stoke's last 50-over game on Tuesday

England must look beyond the emotion of Ben Stoke’s last 50-over game on Tuesday

What Mott has to do now is prove that Rob Key was right in hiring an experienced coach, knowing that England would need some sort of reset after Morgan’s departure and this run of three games of 50 left, followed by a T20- series, gives Mott the ideal opportunity to start over.

Mott admitted he was surprised by the timing of the captain’s departure in Morgan he was initially appointed to work with.

“I won’t lie, I didn’t think Eoin would go so fast,” Mott said, speaking for the shocking news of Stokes 50 about retirement.

“But when I went through the process, he was quite open about trying to push through to the T20 World Cup (in October) and then re-evaluate.

Jos Buttler's men take on South Africa in Durham, less than 48 hours after the India series ends

Jos Buttler’s men take on South Africa in Durham, less than 48 hours after the India series ends

“I knew he wouldn’t go on forever, but I was lucky enough to have him on that first trip to the Netherlands to show me the tricks of the trade and how the team works. Most mornings I still talk to him, say g’day and get his thoughts. He will be a nice sounding board for Jos and myself outside the team.’

Mott insists there are similarities between how Morgan started out as captain in the 2015 World Cup and what he and Buttler are experiencing now.

“There’s no doubt that Eoin’s legacy is vast and his leadership is famous, but it wasn’t like that in the beginning,” added Mott. “You will be judged at the end of your tenure, not at the beginning.”

England will welcome Adil Rashid after he missed both series against India as he made the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

They also plan to give Matthew Potts a one-day debut at his home base. But all eyes will be on another Durham man in Stokes.

Mott admitted he was surprised by the timing of the captain's departure from Eoin Morgan

Mott admitted he was surprised by the timing of the captain’s departure from Eoin Morgan

England to welcome Adil Rashid after leg spinner makes Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca

England to welcome Adil Rashid after leg spinner makes Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca

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