With less than a year to go for the ICC T20 World Cup, Dawid Malan's spectacular performance against New Zealand in the fifth T20 has surely put selectors in a tough spot. England coach Chris Silverwood while acknowledging Malan's performance said that his performance has surely opened up places and that it is a good headache to have. Malan powered England to a series win against New Zealand with clinical performances throughout the series but his best came in the fourthT20 where he scored massive 103 off just 51 balls.
England coach Chris Silverwood while speaking to ICC acknowledged that with a batting line-up that boasts of Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Jason Roy and Joe Denly, it will not be easy to find a fifth spot for the firing Dawid Malan.
Silverwood said, "It is a definite conversation that I, Morgan and the selectors need to have. At this moment I cannot tell you if he is going to return. He (Malan) is a very good player and is very enthusiastic to stay involved. The competition for places is healthy and it is a great headache to have. I would actually be more worried if it was the other way around."
With his cracking performance throughout the series, the left-handed batsman amassed 208 runs at the top of the order, finishing as the highest run-scorer of the series with an average of 69.33. Courtsey of some brilliant performances, he catapulted to No.3 in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings for batsmen. Overall in T20Is, Malan has 458 runs against his name from just nine matches – no batsman has ever scored that many after their first nine T20Is.
It was history repeating itself yet again as the fifth and final T20 between New Zealand and England went into a super over to decide the winner. Memories of the controversial World Cup final that saw England lift the trophy after a super over and a tie in the super over are still fresh in the minds of the fans. On Sunday, once again, England and New Zealand reached a deadlock, only this time England found a comfortable way out of the super over and snatched a 9-run win to seal the series 3-2. The rain-hit game at Auckland was reduced to 11 overs a side.
(With inputs from ANI)