Matthew Mott: Australia’s Meg Lanning on what England can anticipate from new one-day coach

Matthew Mott and Meg Lanning holding the World Cup trophy


Matthew Mott’s Australia beat England in the final of the 2022 Women’s World Cup

On an early English summer’s day in 1994, Matthew Mott turned up for a home game at Porthill Park Cricket Club clutching a brown cardboard box.

He’d arrived at the North Staffordshire club a month or so before as a quiet, fresh-faced Queenslander looking to enhance his fledgling cricket aspirations with a stint as an overseas professional in the UK.

Mott had quickly won the affection of his new team-mates with the manner in which he scored his runs – attritional, gritty and frequently batting through – along with a willingness to muck in with club life.

Landing a job at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s most popular bar, ensuring they all got served on a Friday night before the rest of the punters, also helped. On this particular Saturday, though, the Australian opened the box and attempted to undo a century of Porthill’s cricket history.

“For as long as anyone could remember, the club colours had been maroon and…