Malan added to England T20I squad to face India

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England have drafted in batsman Dawid Malan for the first of the three-match T20I series against India that starts at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Malan has been added to the original 14-man squad after paceman Tom Curran suffered a minor side strain.

England were happy with the pace options in reserve and have decided to call-up the Middlesex batsman.

Malan has hardly put a foot wrong in his T20I career so far hitting four fifties in five innings so far and occasionally offering some variation with his leg-spinners.

Curran is expected to be fit for the second and third matches of the series at Cardiff and Bristol.

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While commentating on the English domestic One-Day Cup final for Sky Sports Malan said: “I got a message from [national selector] Ed Smith saying I had been called up for one game.

“I’m just delighted to be part of the squad. [T20] gave me a great opportunity to show what I could do as a player and express myself. It’s nice to be in and around it again and back around the England boys and hopefully I get an opportunity.”

Malan made a big splash on T20I debut against South Africa, his first international in any format, in 2017 when he blasted 78 from 44 balls in an English victory.