Matthew Mott has been named coach of the Cardiff-based team in England’s The Hundred competition due to begin in July next year.
Mott, who took over as head coach of Australia in 2015, replacing Cathryn Fitzpatrick, oversaw Australia’s Ashes triumphs in 2015, 2017 and 2019 and also their Women’s Twenty20 World Cup win in 2018 in the Caribbean.
2020 will see the 45-year-old return to Cardiff after having spent three seasons coaching Glamorgan. He even led them to the domestic Pro 40 final back in 2013.
“Cardiff is a special place for me and my family and that was a big part in my decision to return,” said Mott. “I’ve got no doubt The Hundred will be a success for the women’s game. I’ve got a young son who is a Sydney Sixers fan and he doesn’t see gender – he just sees the team. The Hundred will provide that sort of platform in England and Wales and I can’t speak highly enough of what that can mean for the game.”
Gary Kirsten will coach the men’s team.
“We are delighted to secure the services of both Gary and Matthew as our head coaches and believe they are the perfect pair to lead our new teams,” said Hugh Morris, Glamorgan chief executive. “The decision on their appointments was unanimous amongst the Team Board. They were the standout candidates for the roles given their strong track records at the highest levels of the game and vast experience working with international stars and in T20 competitions around the world.”
“Both our head coaches will have a wide remit in the role and will use their knowledge to help with our team planning and the player draft in October. They will play a leading part in shaping the style of the team and creating a positive environment and culture.”
“We are all looking forward to welcoming them both to Sophia Gardens and to get started on the next stage of this exciting new competition,” Morris added.
This appointment comes following the London-based team’s announcement that Lisa Keightley, the former Australian international, will coach their women’s team.
The Hundred is set to be a five-week tournament featuring eight city-based teams from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London (Lord’s and the Oval).