England coach Matthew Mott has owned up to being in the dark on a significant rule change for the Cricket World Cup.
The reigning champions suffered their fifth defeat in six matches at the tournament when they collapsed to all out for 129 chasing just 230 for victory against hosts India.
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Defeat anchored England to 10th and rock bottom on the table, behind both the Netherlands and Bangladesh, with matches against Australia, the Dutch and Pakistan to come.
One victory might be enough for Mott’s side to avoid finishing last but two are likely to be required to avoid an ignominious consequence: missing out on the next major 50-over global competition.
Places at the 2025 Champions Trophy are allocated based on performances in this year’s World Cup, with hosts Pakistan joined by the seventh highest finishers.
It had previously been linked to world rankings.
England coach Matthew Mott and captain Jos Buttler. Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
The switch was ratified by the ICC board in November 2021 but the information appears to have been missed in the handovers to Mott and ECB chief executive Richard Gould.
It reared its head again during England’s loss to India, prompting questions in the post-match press conference.
Asked when he learned about the Champions Trophy headache, Mott conceded “about an hour and a half ago.”
“The ICC do change the rules quite a bit with qualification,” the Australian added.
“But to be honest, I don’t think it would affect in any way the way we’ve played in this tournament, so it’s not a big deal.”
The Champions Trophy has become an ugly duckling in the ICC’s calendar since the T20 World Cup came to prominence, with the former officially on the scrapheap twice before it was reintroduced first for 2017 and again for 2025.
In spite of its relatively lowly status it would still be an embarrassment for England, one of the richest nations in cricket, to miss out on the event.
The ECB hosted in 2013 and stepped up to do so again in 2017 when the tournament was brought back from the dead.
England bowler Mark Wood during the loss to India. Credit: Getty
Meanwhile, Mott has rejected suggestions from England’s 2019 World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan about the team being “unsettled” behind the scenes.
The pair worked together when Mott took over the white-ball side 18 months ago but the skipper retired soon after.
Morgan’s word still carries plenty of weight and his observations about his old teammates have raised eyebrows.
Speaking to Sky Sports prior to England’s loss to India, Morgan said the side were “definitely unsettled”.
Responding to the idea they were simply off form, he added: “There’s something else going on – there has to be”.
Mott said he would approach Morgan in a bid to set things straight.
“Eoin’s entitled to his opinion. He’s obviously been away (from India) for a couple of weeks with the birth of his child and he hasn’t been in and around the rooms,” Mott said.
“But I’ll certainly take that up with him and have a chat to him. We’ve got a really good relationship with him so if he’s seeing something I’m not I’ll definitely have that conversation.
“I don’t think that (is the case) at all. Anyone inside our tent at the moment would say, despite our results, we’re an incredibly tight-knit unit.
“I can only say, from my opinion, that the group has been incredibly strong.
Chris Woakes also stood up for the unity of the squad, telling Sky: “I can firmly say there is nothing wrong with the dressing room.”
– with AAP
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