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Mott open-minded on men’s coaching role

Australian women’s cricket team coach Matthew Mott says he’s open to crossing over and the chance to lead Australia’s best male cricketers – just not right now.

Mott, currently in New Zealand as Australia attempts to win back the Women’s World Cup, says on the advice of others he thought about getting involved in the process to replace men’s coach Justin Langer.

However, the Queenslander is loving life in the women’s setup, where he is contracted through to 2023, and in no mood to leave.

“I certainly considered it,” Mott told AAP.

“The process is down the track and it’s not something that I’m going to be involved in at the moment.

“As a coach, you have to look at the next pathway … there will always be that ‘what’s next?’

“But I’m thoroughly enjoying what I’m doing at the moment.

“I don’t feel the need to rush off anywhere else.”

Under Mott, Meg Lanning’s team has established themselves as the clear world No.1s, with the Ashes, Rose Bowl and T20 World Cup trophies all in their possession.

On Sunday, they have the chance to reclaim the ODI World Cup, and in August, they could add Commonwealth Games gold medallists to their resume too.

Mott gave short shrift to any who might consider the women’s game a less worthy pursuit.

“A lot of people think it’s a step up to go into the men’s program. I think it’s just a step across,” he said.

“I’ve been involved with Australia A men’s program a couple of times. I’ve enjoyed my work in there.

“So yeah, I’ll keep an open mind. Certainly in the next six to 12 months, whoever takes that (men’s coaching) role, there’s potentially a reshaping of how it all looks. So a lot to be considered.”

Mott is readying his team for the World Cup final against England, but almost three months into a mammoth tour played in COVID conditions beginning with the Ashes.

It’s been a slog for everyone, but Mott’s love for his current position is evident when asked about the men’s role.

“The team’s in a sweet spot. We enjoy each other’s company and it’s not something I want to give up,” he said.

“We’re like family on tour. We look out for each other.

“It’s a very special group that we’ve got that genuinely cares for each other. And that is what I love most about this team.”

Based on his observations of the Pakistan tour, Mott suggested interim coach Andrew McDonald was worthy of the full-time gig.

“That was a massive (Test series) win in Pakistan. We’re just so proud of the boys … incredibly proud of the way they play,” he said.

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