English opener Dawid Malan admitted that he was very emotional after he was dropped from the test office three years ago and then went into a downward spiral for 3-4 months. However, he put everything in the background while he was ready for the return to the English whites for the third Test against India.
The third Test of the five-match series is being played at Headingley in Leeds and starts on 25 August. India lead the series 1-0 after a sensational victory in the second Test at Lord’s, while England were bowled out for 120 runs within 60. overs on day five chase 272 to win.
This led to England making quite a few changes when they dropped Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley from the squad, recalling David Malan. The hosts will also miss the services of Mark Wood who injured his right shoulder at Lord and is expected to be replaced by Craig Overton or Saqib Mahmood.
When you fall, you are very emotional: David Malan
Malan, who is currently number 1 on the rankings of the T20I batsman in the world, played 15 Tests that scored 724 runs with a century and 6 half-centuries on an average of 27.84. His last Test came down against India in Birmingham during the 2018 series. David Malan conceded that the way he took off for England three years ago is still painful.
‘I think at the moment you feel very emotional, you feel you have to play. You work your absolute socks off in your career to earn the right to play for England, and you get the call. It probably affected me for the next four, five, six months. “ Malan said.
Malan is back in a red ball cricket this year on the back of just one FC beat, which was 199 at Headingley.
“Yes, not playing a lot of red ball cricket probably doesn’t help the rhythms and Test cricket, but it’s the challenge we have as players,” he said. he said.
Do you want to achieve those big hundreds: David Malan
David Malan will have a score when he plays. Although he opens, he will not hit the first strike, while Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed are expected to open the innings, most likely with Malan batting at number 3. However, he has a point to prove after his recall and insists he now wants to achieve ‘big hundreds’.
‘I think we all know sometimes how difficult English conditions can be. When we’re here, we believe we’re good enough, and it’s up to us to find a way to bat it for a long time. A good 30 or 60 is really not good enough, you want to score those big hundreds and to be able to do that you have to bat for a day, half a day.
“This is where the challenge comes from if you don’t play a lot of red ball cricket, but I don’t think we would be here if we did not believe we could do it.” Malan added.
Joe Root will be hoping for help on the other side as he carried the English bat for the first two Tests alone.