Dawid Malan might not be able to play for England in the T20 World Cup semifinal in Adelaide on Thursday after a groin injury he sustained while fielding against Australia at the SCG.
As he pursued a ball to the boundary in the 15th over, Malan pulled up and limped off. As England crumbled in the last stages of their chase, he was prepared to bat, but as he continued to fall down the order, he was eventually no longer required.
England has one extra day than the teams who will play at the SCG on Wednesday since they have four days before their semi-final, which will be against India. It appears improbable at this point that Malan will be able to recuperate in time.
Adil Rashid remarked, “He was definitely a little hurt coming off the ground. “I’m hoping he’ll be okay. Actually, we’re not sure what’s going on yet.”
The backup batter in the lineup is Phil Salt, who has not yet participated in the competition because Alex Hales is preferred as Jos Buttler’s opening partner. Luke Wood, Richard Gleeson, and Liam Dawson are England’s three traveling reserves; they do not provide comparable batting cover. Salt has batted in several spots despite opening in his most recent T20I innings.
Dawid Malan was in good form leading into the World Cup:
If Malan is ruled out of the competition, it will be difficult to bring someone up from outside the team given the travel time to Australia, however, England’s ODI players for the series against Australia that follows the World Cup are expected to arrive during the week. That group includes James Vince, Jason Roy, and Sam Billings.
England had to make one alteration to their squad before, with Tymal Mills replacing Reece Topley, who damaged his ankle after tripping on a boundary marker before the warm-up game against Pakistan in Brisbane. Throughout the tournament, they have named the same starting XI.
Malan had been playing well before the World Cup, but his contributions have been few, with his finest performance coming in the loss to Ireland with a best of 35 off 37 balls.