England head coach Chris Silverwood has not shed any optimism on the selection of Dawid Malan in the playing eleven of England’s one-day side. Dawid Malan dethroned Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam to become the number one T20 batsman following an outstanding series against Australia. However, Chris Silverwood feels that the southpaw will not have it easy to break into the One-day team ahead of the first of the three ODIs against Australia.
Dawid Malan scored 129 runs in three innings against a strong Australian bowling attack as England won the three-match T20 rubber by 2-1. Malan began the series with a half-century that helped the Englishmen eke out a two-run victory out of nowhere. The southpaw scored 42 in the second game, sharing an 87-run stand with Jos Buttler to clinch a triumph by four wickets and managed 21 in the final. In 16 T20Is so far, averaging 48.71 striking at 146 with a hundred.
Chris Silverwood admitted that Dawid Malan is in great form; however, the 50-over team is challenging to break into. The former English cricketer feels that the veteran will grab the opportunity if it comes along; however, Silverwood believes he might have to wait a long time for that chance.
“He (Malan) is in great form, but the 50-over format is a tough team to get into. If the opportunity comes around I’m sure he’ll grab it with both hands, but it may be a case of waiting for that opportunity because it is such a tough team to get into,” Silverwood stated as quoted by News18.com
“I’d like to see him with a red ball in his hand before we select him” : Chris Silverwood
Chris Silverwood reflected on leg-spinner Adil Rashid’s willingness to play Test cricket as he has become a regular fixture in the limited-overs setup. The 45-year old revealed that there remains a possibility of a red-ball camp along with some competitive games. Silverwood would like to see the leggie do well with the red cherry before selecting him.
“There’s a possibility of a red-ball camp with some competitive games on, so let’s see. My thoughts on (Rashid’s) situation remain the same. I’d like to see him with a red ball in his hand before we select him,” he added.