Dawid Malan column: Place in T20 World Cup squad far from secure
Dawid Malan’s T20I typical is leading – but he says that a position in England’s T20 World Cup squad that autumn is far from certain…
I said in this column I could have done longer in my T20 chances so far over 57 and also have a hit rate over 150.
But you know that when you come in for players that are rested which you shouldn’t only expect to perform around next time you have stepped in for have done nothing wrong.
Those players deserve to return in – .
There’s been a lot of discuss T20 currently being England’s white-ball priority as we head towards the World Cup at the end of the year plus they are going to play their best team going forward.
The fact I am in this squad and competing to get a place is fine but you can find nine T20s between today and that World Cup so there’s loads of time to get things.
It is probably a little early for me to think I am likely to be a part of itso I ought to take every opportunity to continue to keep my name from the hat.
I am obviously happy with what I have done in my eight games so far and I think I’d say a large portion of what I’ve achieved is down into mindset.
Before England played with this brand of cricket it was acceptable to receive 150 or 160 as a staff, you would generally win the match even if it was close.
But 190, 180, 200 are normal and now you will need to keep your foot down where there are times where you would take your foot off the accelerator. Continue searching to score. Turn what is a 10-run over, in an 18, 19-run over.
Although my game has expanded with shots, I have appreciated that challenge. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you want, and still need, to enhance.
I’ve picked up things from seeing how I can adapt it, doing range hitting training and seeing Ben Stokes, who’s back for this particular show. I want to know.
It simply depends on what areas are available, I’d be delighted to bat everywhere, Should I do play South Africa.
Jos Buttler has moved up into opening the batting and also was unbelievable for England and in the IPL doing this so that I can not see this changing.
I know that should they choose the identical shirt three or four which they’ve been going with for the previous 18 months or so I can’t expect to perform and that will be understood by me.
It is only the way it’s. You want to be playing as it was for me at the one-dayers but other players getting picked before you is the character of game.
We gave young players chances in the ODI series, with Saqib Mahmood Tom Banton and Matt Parkinson making their debuts. I believe they are going to have heard a hell of a lot.
That will be on the anticipation that accompanies being an international player. A lot of cricket and I haven’t played but being for brief periods around it, I know that dealing with this strain is the toughest part.
What’s great about this England environment is that you are encouraged to be yourself. Perform with liberty and you are pushed to perform way and I am sure that was relished by the guys that were new.
Obviously the first ODI did not go our way together with South Africa winning by a significant margin but there wasn’t any major debrief about it at our dressing room afterwards – just a fair view of how we were below the criteria we would like to place and we wanted to improve as the show went on.
We did that and got a succession draw so we’ve not dropped a ODI series since 2017.
That is. Each and every base is covered and there are gamers pushing against, which is exciting. There are approximately 20 players currently competing for places and that’s what pushes on this team.
There was a little confusion using DRS together with South Africa receiving their review back and Rassie van der Dussen getting reprieved – and now I must say we had no idea what was going on!
The fourth umpire arrived and spoke to us afterwards to describe and that there was a little confrontation about it since we were all a little confused, but as long as the men on the area, mainly Eoin Morgan, knew what was happening, they could accept the choice.
South Africa have been a Test from the ODI series and people understand they will be in the T20s well with Dale Steyn back inside their own ranks.
I played with him in the Mzansi Super League for Cape Town Blitz plus he is a really great man. He’s a legend of the sport with an incredible record, but he stays a individual.
AB de Villiers is the same. Year having played at Middlesex with him , I could say he is one of the greatest blokes I’ve ever met on and off the field.
I understand there were rumours if he did and he could play at the T20 World Cup, both him and Dale will look to make some World Cup memories until they retire in the game. They have been great servants for cricket and South Africa in general.
AB is not back yet but we understand South Africa will be aggressive and it’ll be a really well-contested T20 series. Hopefully we come out to the side.
Watch the first T20I involving South Africa and England, at Buffalo Park in East London, live on Sky Sports Cricket in 3.30pm Wednesday.