The final was Australia’s 40th win since the 2017 World Cup exit during which they have lost just two ODIs in a period of dominance unmatched in the sport. It has also united the ODI and T20 World Cups under Meg Lanning’s captaincy but while Mott is aware there will be a period of transition in the team at some stage in the next few years, there is no sense from him that this is an end point.
“That’s part of sustained success, at the right time turning players over that have that have been great servants but I don’t see that anytime soon,” he said. “After a couple of weeks of reflection we’ll reset like we always do and see what we are going to plot over the next one to two years.”
“We are at the end of the line, but there’s a lot of work that goes on in club cricket all the way through to produce these players,” he said. “They keep coming in droves, the only bad part about it is there’s some horrific selection decisions. We have to leave out really good players but it’s a good problem to have and a real sign of strength in the entire system. We played 14 out of the 15 [player squad] in this tournament. Think that was a big part of our success, when players were out of our team there was no void.”
“The flexibility in our batting group, the conversations on the sidelines about who was the right player to go in at certain times…everything seemed to work really well and it was a great night,” Mott said. “Alyssa Healy’s innings was special. I’m sure it was special on TV, but to be there at the ground to witness that was something I certainly won’t forget anytime soon.
“She misses out every now and then because of the nature of the way she plays, but in a great team like this you can absorb those misses because you know she relishes the big stage, she has done it so many times. When she is on like that you can’t bowl to her. I didn’t think England bowled that badly yesterday.”
For Mott, Lanning, Healy and others involved five years ago those ghosts have been emphatically laid to rest.
“I just went past [Meg] in the lift and she had a big smile on her face,” Mott said. “Certainly after 2017 we had a very different press conference…I’ll never forget those scenes in Derby. From there that forged a really strong friendship with us. We’d hit rock bottom and together with a lot of other leaders around the group we tried to map out a plan to make sure that didn’t happen again.
“To have to wait so long was very frustrating at times but certainly walking around seeing the group just take immense joy out of what’s been a long road, but a very enjoyable one and [is] one we can sit back and reflect on very proudly.”