Malan added to England squad as injury cover


Opener Dawid Malan has been called up as cover for England’s T20I series openers against India at Manchester on Tuesday (July 3).

The left-handed batsman was added to the original squad after seamer Tom Curran suffered a side strain. However, with more than handy bowling options in the 14-member side, the hosts opted against a like-for-like replacement and instead called up an opening batsman who has already notched up four half-centuries in his five-match international T20I career so far.

“I got a message from [national selector] Ed Smith saying I had been called up for one game,” Malan told Sky Sports while commentating on the English domestic One-Day Cup final at Lord’s on Saturday (June 30).

“I’m just delighted to be part of the squad. [T20] gave me a great opportunity to show what I could do as a player and express myself. It’s nice to be in and around it again and back around the England boys and hopefully, I get an opportunity.”

Malan announced himself with a sparkling 44-ball 78 on debut against South Africa in June last year. He followed it up with three half-centuries in four games of the T20I tri-series against New Zealand and Australia, in February. The left-hander averages 50 in the format with a strike rate of 150.

Meanwhile, Curran is expected to recover in time for the second and the third T20I of the series, at Cardiff and Bristol respectively.

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