WOMEN’S ASHES, 2019
Australia women’s coach Matthew Mott has defended his side’s right to bat out for a draw © Getty
Australia women’s coach Matthew Mott has defended his side’s right to bat out for a draw in the one-off Ashes Test, stating, “we’re not a charity”.
Despite having the better of England across four days and holding a 145-run lead when the hosts declared behind, with 81 overs remaining in the day, Australia batted on till the close of play on Sunday to retain the Ashes trophy. With three T20s remaining in the multi-format series, England can draw level with Australia’s eight points by winning those matches.
A complete whitewash could have been on the cards had Australia bowled out England in the fourth innings which never was. That, though, would have meant offering Heather Knight’s side the carrot of a chase, something which Mott felt they did not deserve, backing his side’s move to finish the game on 230 for seven – 275 ahead – with Ellyse Perry unbeaten on 76.
“We’re not a charity,” he said. “We don’t give up a result that easily. We’ve won the first three ODIs and we deserve the opportunity to bat it out. I don’t think England deserve the right to win the game from where they were so that’s the way it was.
“There was plenty of effort over the last few days to put ourselves in a position to win. We thought of every possible scenario and the gut feel from all the leadership group in the end was we just didn’t have enough time. The wicket didn’t deteriorate as much as we would have expected.”
Part of England not deserving a shot, in Mott’s eyes, came from the 110 overs they took to pass the follow-on-mark of 271. While Nat Sciver (88) and Laura Marsh (28) stepped up a gear on the final morning, it was too little too late for Mott: “We weren’t prepared to roll that dice and give England a chance when they didn’t really earn the right to it.
“We sort of hypothesised a few different ideas of what might happen but basically the maths wasn’t working out to get enough overs in to bowl them out and that’s what it came down to. We thought of every possible scenario and the gut feel from all the leadership group in the end was we just didn’t have enough time so yeah there’s always a responsibility to play good cricket. I think we showed that. I think throughout the series.”
Next on Australia’s agenda is to build on their 8-2 scoreline to ensure there is no repeat of the 2017 series where England pegged them back to 8-8 and thus secured some of the bragging rights. They are also set on not dropping a match to their rivals.
“We have completely unfinished business at the moment. I think that’s the beauty of this series. It’s such a tactical game in terms of the series where it’s at. Even the way England were able to put us under pressure, you know they made that declaration, early couple of wickets and the whole context of the series could have changed if they’d got up and won that. We go into that we want to win that.
“First of all we want to win in Chelmsford then we want to win the T20 series and then we’ll take the rest from there but it’s still open. England obviously will try to draw the series and we know what that felt like last time so we’re very keen to avoid that.”