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England Selector Believes Dawid Malan Has Still Got Chance to Come Back

England Selector Believes Dawid Malan Has Still Got Chance to Come Back

Ed Smith, the national selector for the England cricket team, has recently clarified why he had opted to keep Dawid Malan out of the second Test against India at Lord’s.

Cricket news: Dawid Malan was dropped from the second Test at Lord’s after underperforming at Edgbaston

Malan had a pretty nervy outing in the first Test at Edgbaston as he scored just 8 and 20 in both the innings and also dropped three catches in the slip cordon, one of which was of opposition skipper Virat Kohli in the first innings where the skipper eventually ended up getting 149.

Smith has made some pretty big calls recently, as he brought back Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid, two white-ball specialists into the red-ball game.

Now he has decided to give the 20-year-old rookie from Surrey, Ollie Pope, a chance to feature in the Lord’s Test in place of Dawid Malan, while the latter has been thought to be best for overseas conditions.

While the first day at Lord’s was washed away, Smith has explained in detail why he chose to keep a batsman out of the playing XI who has scored a maiden Test hundred at Perth during the Ashes and has been England’s middle-order discovery in the disappointing 4-0 loss.

"[Malan] has had a full calendar year of Test cricket and he knows where he is at," Smith said. "He showed with that excellent Test hundred at Perth that he can play very well on the international stage.

"Not that many people score hundreds at Perth ... not that many Englishmen have looked as comfortable at the WACA as Dawid did.

"Moving forward we talked about how his strengths could come into play, but in no way did I mean that line as an implicit criticism, he has scored over 10,000 first-class runs in England and the guy has shown he can play very well on different surfaces.

"But in an England shirt, one of the things he has done distinctively is play very well in very alien conditions so I wanted to reaffirm to him that one of the things we are looking at is having the right players for the right conditions, which is not horses for courses.

"I bridle at that sense because you wouldn't play someone who can only play well at one ground. That is not going to happen. We are not interested in going back to picking one player for one Test."

After a promising winter, Malan had an pretty poor average of 20.23 in eight Tests and his top score was 65 against West Indies, an innings which was careful but not fluent like the 140 in Perth or a fifty in New Zealand.

"With Dawid we talked it all through, the decision and his game - we played together [for Middlesex], I have seen him whack it out of the park in training - but it also is about constructive feedback to give them the best chance to come back into contention. And he remains in contention.

"Out of it all, the most important thing is that anyone in the England side should feel very comfortable approaching me and James Taylor. We are a little bit closer in age than has sometimes been the case - it's not everything - but we are around. I am aware of giving them space but if anyone wants to chat about selection, I will relish those conversations. And I have had those with selections that predate me too, guys who are looking to come back in."

As the first day at Lord’s was washed out, Ollie Pope will now have to wait until Friday morning to get the debut Test cap. MCC will also have to refund up to GBP 2 million for the tickets as the entire day was lost due to weather, a circumstance which happened since 2001.

Rakesh Rakshit

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2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
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8 West Indies 29 2235 77
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1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
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1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77