Last Update on: September 1st, 2023 at 03:40 pm
Dawid Malan has said that he is confident of holding on to his spot in England’s World Cup squad. The left-handed batsman has been named in England’s provisional squad for the marquee event. However, many believe that he might have to make way for Harry Brook in the team.
Brook was a notable omission from England’s World Cup squad. With veteran allrounder Ben Stokes coming out of ODI retirement to play the World Cup, England decided to drop Brook to make room for him. But with Brook playing some stunning knocks in recent times and England captain Jos Buttler admitting that the batsman can still make it to the World Cup squad, there are rumors that Dawid Malan might lose his spot in the side.
Dawid Malan, however, is not at all worried and believes that his place in the ODI World Cup is not under threat from Brook. He pointed out that there is no point in comparing him with Brook since their batting positions are different.
“Every opportunity I’ve been given in 50 overs in my last four or five series I’ve gone and had to score the runs, doing it the tough way to get in there.
“Especially the top three, I know people compare me to Brooky but I bat top three and he bats four, five, six, so I don’t know where that comparison from,” said Dawid Malan, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
The southpaw’s comments could not have come at a better time. The England star was addressing the media after starring with the bat in the first T20I between England and New Zealand. He scored 54 runs off 42 balls. In the same game, Brook impressed with the bat too by scoring an unbeaten 43 off 27 balls.
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Dawid Malan also expressed his ‘relief’ over being named in the England squad for the ODI World Cup. The left-handed batsman has made an impressive start in ODIs. In 18 games so far, he has scored four centuries and has an average of 54.92 in the 50-over format.
“To get the call was extremely satisfying,” said Dawid Malan.
“You look at the amount of depth we’ve got in English cricket. I know there are people who’ve missed out and I have so much sympathy for them. I was exceptionally pleased to get that call because I felt I’ve worked really hard to get in that squad,” added the 35-year old.
The ODI World Cup is scheduled to get underway on October 5. England will be in action on the very first day when they take on New Zealand in Ahmedabad.