Dawid Malan
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Dawid Malan, who was demoted to an incremental deal, called the ECB’s procedure for awarding central contracts “a slightly strange system.”

After England’s 4-0 loss in the Ashes in Australia, Malan, who had a full central contract for the period October 2021–September 2022, lost his spot in the Test team.

Dawid Malan. PC- Getty
Dawid Malan. PC- Getty

He has been moved to an incremental contract as a result, which means that the ECB will supplement his recently renewed Yorkshire contract rather than serving as his primary employer, from October 2022 to September 2023.

“There’s a slightly strange system with the contracting system,” Malan said after hitting 82 off 49 balls in Canberra to help England take an unassailable 2-0 lead in their T20I series against Australia.

Malan has questioned the emphasis placed on Test cricket within the contract system and suggested that losing his contract might put him in “tough situations” later in the winter.

Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan (Image Credit: Getty)

“It seems heavily led towards red-ball cricket when you have players that play one or two formats of the white-ball game, They are decisions that I don’t make but ultimately, it puts you in tough situations if you’re not contracted and you’re losing finances playing in tournaments in the winter,” Malan added.

“I feel like I’ve proved my point a hell of a lot before”: Dawid Malan

Malan had a sluggish start to the winter and acknowledged that when England’s series in Pakistan began, he “had no rhythm.” But over the past ten days, he has proven himself again, scoring another effortless half-century in Canberra on Wednesday night and hitting 78* off 47 balls in the match-deciding match in Lahore.

He had dropped to No. 7 during England’s opening match in Australia following Jos Buttler and Alex Hales’ strong starts, but he denied feeling as though he had anything left to prove as a result of that choice.

Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I feel like I’ve proved my point a hell of a lot before. The situation of the game just changed.

“We were flexible in the last World Cup: I batted No. 5 in one of the games [against South Africa] and didn’t bat in the first game [against West Indies] either because they wanted to get the run rate [up],” he maintained.

Malan became the 11th player for England to reach that milestone after receiving his 50th T20I cap from Michael Hussey, the new assistant coach for England.

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