On this day in 2017: Malan first Englishman to hit a half-century on T20 debut
Dawid Malan became the first England batsman to hit a half-century on his T20 debut on this day in 2017.
Malan’s 78 from 44 balls helped the hosts secure a 2-1 series victory over South Africa courtesy of a 19-run win in Cardiff.
The then Middlesex left-hander’s aggressive knock was the bedrock of his country’s 181 for eight at the SSE Swalec Stadium, a target which proved beyond the Proteas, who ended on 162 for seven.
It also surpassed the record score of an England T20 debutant – Paul Collingwood’s 46 in England’s maiden match in the format in 2005.
Then aged 29, Malan insisted he must build on his impressive first outing, while admitting he thought his opportunity to play international cricket may have passed.
“I don’t think playing one game, you can think you’ve made it. You’ve got to constantly put scores on the board,” he said.
“I didn’t think it (the chance to represent England) would ever come but it was nice to get an opportunity and to go and show what I can do.
“The first few balls I wasn’t (composed). When the nerves left the body it was a lot easier. To play for your country’s a fantastic experience and I think you’re nervous either way.”
Arriving at the crease after opener Jason Roy fell for eight, Malan took on the short ball against the seamers and did not let up against a change of pace, nonchalantly flicking leg-spinner Imran Tahir over his shoulder to bring up his half-century from 31 deliveries.
He was eventually caught at long-on by Dane Paterson in the 14th over following another Tahir delivery.
Run of defeats has not damaged England’s confidence, insists Moeen Ali
The all-rounder is confident England will be in good shape for the defence of their World Cup crown.
Lancashire sign New Zealand pair Daryl Mitchell and Colin de Grandhomme
The all-rounders will be available to play in the LV= Insurance County Championship and Vitality T20 Blast throughout the season.
Jos Buttler admits he needs to find his rhythm as England lose to South Africa
The hosts won the second ODI by five wickets to clinch the series in Bloemfontein.
Temba Bavuma hits hundred as South Africa secure ODI series win over England
The Proteas chased down 343 at Bloemfontein to go 2-0 up in the three-match series.
Jos Buttler and Harry Brook give England hope of levelling ODI series
England reached 342 for seven against South Africa, with Buttler making 94 and Brook 80.
Jason Roy was never ready to ‘roll over’ despite year of setbacks and low points
Roy has for so long been England’s pacesetter at the top of the order but lost his place in the side.
England batter Jason Roy emotional after return to form in South Africa defeat
Roy’s slump with the bat led to him being dropped ahead of England’s T20 World Cup-winning campaign last year.
Jofra Archer will ‘get better and better’ but England batting needs more bite
Archer took one for 81 on a hot and sunny afternoon in Bloemfontein.
England beaten by South Africa in first ODI despite blistering Jason Roy century
Roy scored 113 off just 91 balls but South Africa ran out winners by 27 runs.
England reach Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup final after winning thriller
With Australia 96 for nine chasing 100, the England captain trapped Maggie Clark lbw to send her side through to face India in the final.