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T20 World Cup: Englishman Malan hopes past success in South Africa can help overcome slow start

Dawid Malan hopes to build on previous successes against South Africa to start their T20 World Cup as England look to achieve five wins out of five in the tournament against Proteas.


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Dawid Malan hopes to build on past successes against South Africa as he looks to overcome his own slow start to the World Cup as England aim for a fifth win of five on Saturday.

As of Wednesday morning, Malan could still call himself the world’s number one T20 hitter. But the ICC’s latest recalibration of his rankings has demoted him to second place, behind Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam, who has scored three half centuries out of four.

Malan, who had been at the top of the tree for nearly a year, has managed just 42 runs of 41 balls, and was so far off in order during England’s opening win against the West Indies that he never got to the middle.

Dawid Malan hopes to build on past success against South Africa as he looks to overcome his own slow start to the T20 World Cup.

Dawid Malan hopes to build on past success against South Africa as he looks to overcome his own slow start to the T20 World Cup.

Malan was replaced by Babar Azam (R) as the world's No. 1 T20 hitter in the ICC rankings.

Malan was replaced by Babar Azam (R) as the world's No. 1 T20 hitter in the ICC rankings.

Malan was replaced by Babar Azam (R) as the world’s No. 1 T20 hitter in the ICC rankings.

But against South Africa, where he grew up after being born in southwest London, Malan has gone three fifties in five T20 innings, including 78 of 44 balls in his international debut at Cardiff in 2017 and 99 of 47 unbeaten when England completed. a 3-0 shutout in Cape Town last December.

“I hope that what I have done in the past against them can carry him forward in this game,” he said. “I may have to adjust some things a bit in the Sharjah window, but it always gives you confidence when you’ve done well against a team before.”

Speaking a couple of hours before the ICC algorithms stripped him of his number one ranking, Malan played down the idea that, to opposition bowlers, he was a marked man.

“If you look at this England team, I think there are a lot of other guys that bowlers would like to get out, so I think that takes the pressure off me,” he said.

Malan, who had been at the top of the tree for almost a year, has managed just 42 runs of 41 balls.

Malan, who had been at the top of the tree for almost a year, has managed just 42 runs of 41 balls.

Malan, who had been at the top of the tree for almost a year, has managed just 42 runs of 41 balls.

But against South Africa, where he grew up, Malan has made three fifty in five T20 innings.

But against South Africa, where he grew up, Malan has made three fifty in five T20 innings.

But against South Africa, where he grew up, Malan has made three fifty in five T20 innings.

Then, as if sensing a change underway, he added: ‘I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be tagged No. 1 if I keep missing balls like I did against Sri Lanka or go out to the left arm spinners.’ . It doesn’t guarantee you’ll run, but it probably shows that in your day you’re as good as anyone, which is the only thing that matters at this level. ‘

But Malan took off his cap to Jos Buttler, who jumped from 17th in the rankings to No. 9 after his 100 wins against Sri Lanka on Monday, describing him as a ‘phenomenon’ and saying that it was clear from the warm-up camp. from England. in Oman that his vice-captain was hitting the ball “differently”.

‘I sit there looking at it and thinking,’ I wish I could do that, ‘Malan said. “That’s how good the ball hits and that’s how good it is.

“ When you see someone batting in the nets, you only hear the way they are hitting the ball. Everyone at this level hits it nice and clean, but there is a different sound with Jos. When I first joined the England team years ago, one of the things everyone was saying was, when Jos hits range, you stop and look. ‘

Malan took off his cap against Jos Buttler, who jumped up the rankings after his century against Sri Lanka.

Malan took off his cap against Jos Buttler, who jumped up the rankings after his century against Sri Lanka.

Malan took off his cap against Jos Buttler, who jumped up the rankings after his century against Sri Lanka.

Despite possessing a better T20 average and a better hit rate than Buttler, Malan talks about his role on the side almost as if he’s grateful to be there.

“I feel like I’m hitting the ball well,” he said. ‘I just need to have a little time in between and get a score to contribute.

“To be part of an England team at a World Cup, and part of this white ball team that has been so successful in recent years, is a dream come true,” he said. “If he could do a few more races and get us to the final it would be great.”

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