Mott hopes Bairstow and Topley will be awarded T20 medals

Matthew Mott and England plan to put pressure on the ICC to provide winners’ medals for Reece Topley and Jonny Bairstow after both missed out on T20 World Cup glory against Pakistan through freak injuries

  • Reece Topley missed out through an injury sustained on eve of the tournament
  • Jonny Bairstow broke his leg at the back end of the summer on the golf course
  • Matthew Mott said that they were first two individuals he thought of after win
  • Win ensured England became first side to hold both white ball titles concurrently

England will push for the injured members of the squad meant to be part of their Twenty20 World Cup victory in Reece Topley and Jonny Bairstow to receive winners medals.

Coach Matthew Mott felt in particular for Topley, who was forced out of the World Cup when he damaged ankle ligaments stepping on a ‘Toblerone’ boundary marker during fielding practice ahead of England’s warm-up match against Pakistan in Brisbane.

‘I’ll tell you now Reece Topley was a big part of our preparations for this tournament,’ said Mott on Monday.

Matthew Mott (R) said he and England would put pressure on the ICC to award more medals

Ben Stokes hit the winning run as England won the T20 World Cup final by five wickets

‘I thought he was the outstanding bowler of last summer and I was absolutely gutted for him because it was such an innocuous looking injury.

‘Seeing him leave the group was hard because he had put so much in and we had him down for some very important overs in this World Cup.

‘Reece is going to play a massive role in this group over the next couple of years. Him and Jonny were the first blokes I thought of after we won because to work so hard and then miss this opportunity is heart-breaking.’

Jonny Bairstow missed out after breaking his leg at the end of the summer in a freak accident

Reece Topley, meanwhile, damaged ligaments on the eve of the tournament having arrived in Australia

There was also sympathy on Monday for both Mark Wood and Dawid Malan, forced out by injury ahead of the semi-final thrashing of India and left out of the side that defeated Pakistan in the final even though they declared themselves fit.

‘The hardest thing we’ve had to do here is tell them they weren’t playing in the final,’ said Mott.

‘They were tough conversations to have because they were desperate to play. It was probably just the short turnaround that convinced us because I’m not one for taking a risk in big games. But they were both enjoying it at the end with winners medals round their necks.’

England will now ask ICC if they can have extra medals for those players who were named in the original squad but had to be replaced in Bairstow and Topley.

England are the first side to hold the 50-over World Cup and T20 World Cup simultaneously

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