Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Malan Is Keen to Make Most of Second Chance

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Malan Is Keen to Make Most of Second Chance

Article excerpt

NEW England call-up Dawid Malan wondered if international cricket had passed him by - until an unexpected answerphone message from selector James Whitaker proved otherwise.

Malan had begun to suspect that,12 months on from his previous call-up into a Twenty20 squad ended in disappointment at being left out of the team, that was perhaps as near as he was going to get to representing his country.

However, the 29-year-old Middlesex batsman is back in the frame, initially at the very venue where his hopes were dashed last July - this time significantly the oldest of five uncapped inclusions in a 16-man squad to cover three fixtures against South Africa.

If he needed any inspiration you are never too old he need look no further than the evidence of the past weekend - in which Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman, just two years Malan's junior, followed up his international debut 11 days earlier by hitting a memorable century in a shock Champions Trophy final victory over India at The Oval. …

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