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We'll have new plans for England: Mott
New field places, bowling plans looming as Australia re-think their plans for England's powerful batting line-up
Laura Jolly in Mumbai
25 March 2018, 12:01 AM AEST
Australia's bowlers will come out armed with new plans when they next meet England in the ongoing T20I tri-series in Mumbai, head coach Matthew Mott says.
The Australian attack had the unenviable task of defending 149 on a good batting wicket with a lightning outfield on Friday and despite picking up two early wickets, failed to make any further inroads as England – led by an unbeaten 116-run stand between Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver – chased down their target with three overs to space.
In what was their first defeat since arriving in India three weeks ago, all seven bowlers utilised by Australia, bar left-arm spinners Jess Jonassen and Sophie Molineux, went for more than nine runs an over.
With four days until the Ashes rivals clash again on Wednesday, Mott tipped his team to switch up their field places and bowling plans to turn the tables on England.
"I think we'll come out with some very different plans for England next time," Mott said in Mumbai on Saturday.
"We had some really good discussion afterwards – they played very differently to India, they certainly accessed more of the ground than India did against us, they put our bowling group under more pressure and like to lap and reserve lap and all those sorts of shots.
"You'll see more changes of pace and different fielding positions from us and we'll just throw a little more caution to the wind with the way we set our fields out.
"They batted extremely well and also had their share of luck, and we didn't take our half-chances, but we're confident if we can make the most of them in the next game it will be a much more even contest."
One of the biggest challenges facing all three teams in the tri-series is figuring out a way to defend a score at Brabourne Stadium, where a par score appears to be at least 180, if not 200, runs.
Both matches so far have been won by the team batting second, but should Australia lose the toss again against India on Monday, Mott says the likelihood of again being sent in is a challenge the team can embrace.
"I think you've got to put a marker right out there," he said. "We're trying to bat the same way whether we bat first or second.
"The advantage to batting second is you know exactly what you need to do, you know how hard you have to go in the Power Play and then hold on.
"But I think it's really for our development anyway if we take on the pressure of batting first.
"I'm pretty sure if we win the toss we'll still chase, but it's not the end of the world if we get sent in.
"We'll learn more about ourselves under that pressure."
Mott was also full of praise for the way debutant allrounders Molineux and Nicola Carey have embraced the challenge of bowling in the batter's paradise.
Mott can see a bright future for the pair, as Australia seek players who will have an impact not only at this year's World T20 in the Caribbean in November, but on home soil in 2020 as well.
"Nicola Carey has come over here and probably didn't really expect to play at the start but had a huge first ODI," he said. "She's just learning but she'll be a huge part of the squad over the next couple of years.
"She bowls what we want and hits the deck hard, with good changes of pace.
"She's a very handy batter at the back end, a bit unconventional – she bats a bit like some of the English players where she'll reverse and ask different questions of the bowlers.
"Sophie is someone we've watched for a long time and unfortunately she's batting out of position in the team at the moment but we see her as a long-term top-order player.
"And definitely with the ball she's exciting, she beats both sides of the bat and hits the stumps a lot.
"She's got great composure for someone of her age she's slipped into group really well and she already looks a part of the furniture so that's exciting."
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Australia T20 squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
India T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Rumeli Dhar, Mona Meshram.
England T20I squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt
Warm-up match Australia beat India A by 321 runs. Report
Warm-up match Australia beat India A by seven wickets. Report
First ODI Australia won by eight wickets. Scorecard
Second ODI Australia won by 60 runs. Scorecard
Third ODI Australia won by 97 runs. Scorecard
First T20I Australia defeated India by six wickets. Scorecard
Second T20I England defeated Australia by eight wickets. Scorecard
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Fifth T20I Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 28. Live Coverage
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Final Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, March 31. Live Coverage