England Clinches T20 Series in South Africa
For the England Squad, the T20 series in South Africa has been a success. It was also the location where David Malan debuted his talents and helped England to claim a win the T20 series over the South African squad.
The win meant that England sealed its victory with only a single match left to play. It also saw David Malan value on the squad taking a lead forward. Malan began his professional cricket career playing for Boland as a left hander before returning to London for a gap year. That led for Malan picking up a contract with Middlesex and taking him down a professional career that saw him jump to No. 1 in the T20 ranks for
Malan scored an impressive run
During the game, Malan had a homecoming that saw him having an impressive run that helped the team to chase a goal of 147 after his 50 score over 18 outings. While Reeza Hendricks, a South African cricketer who plays for the Highveld Lions, eventually fell Malan on the rope while chasing a second six. Hendricks managed to grind out 29 of 31 balls while dealing with England’s power-hitters before battering 26 from his next nine.
While it was clear that England has regrets at being unable to complete the chase, Eoin Morgan, who was instrumental in helping England score the victory was still on the pitch at the end. Morgan was helped by Chris Jordan scored the winning runs leaving a ball to spare.
After the match, Malan commented, when asked whether his local knowledge was helpful stated: “Absolutely zero. That wicket played so different to what I’m used to here. It was slow and really difficult to time the ball. It was nice to be back but it would have been fantastic to have a crowd in and my parents here, although my high-school coach was one of the guys throwing the ball back when it went over the boundary for six.”
Beyond the courage displayed against England, it is evident that the skills needed for next year when the T20 arrives in India will be critical for participating squads success. Next years Cup, which is being sponsored by MPL Sports, will include squads from around the world including England, New Zealand and Australia.