England Enlists Manchester City Psychologist for T20 World Cup Defense

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England has enlisted the expertise of David Young, the psychologist from Manchester City, ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, commencing on June 1.

Young, who currently serves as the head of psychology at Manchester City, has been brought on board to assist England in their quest to defend their T20 World Cup title. Previously, he played a pivotal role in England’s cricketing success, notably contributing to their ODI World Cup victory in 2019 during his tenure with the team from 2016 to 2020.

Matthew Mott, the white-ball head coach of England, disclosed that Young has been engaged as a consultant for the prestigious tournament. Mott highlighted Young’s ability to ensure clear communication within the team and his valuable insights as reasons for his inclusion.

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Having joined the squad ahead of the ongoing T20I series against Pakistan, Young will continue to accompany the team to the Caribbean for the initial phase of the World Cup campaign.

England’s captain Jos Buttler and fast bowler Mark Wood have previously lauded Young for his support during critical moments, particularly during the 2019 World Cup. Despite their previous success, England faltered in the 2023 World Cup, prompting a reevaluation of their approach.

Mott emphasized the importance of fostering a culture of openness and mutual support within the team, acknowledging the need to avoid complacency. Young’s reintroduction to the setup aims to reinforce this ethos and enhance England’s prospects in their T20 World Cup defense.

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