Sunday, 5 December 2021

Dawid Malan likely to debut against South Africa in third test

Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan is included in a 13-man squad and could play if England decides on selecting an extra batsman for what will be the 100th Test at The Oval between England and South Africa, which starts on Thursday, July 27.

Essex batsman Tom Westley is also in line to make his England debut at number three in next week´s third Test, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Thursday.

Gary Ballance, England´s number three in their crushing 346-run defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge last week that saw South Africa level the four-match series at 1-1, was ruled out on Tuesday with a broken finger.

“Essex´s Tom Westley is set to earn his first cap, with selectors confirming he will bat at number three in the 100th Test at the Oval,” said an ECB statement issued as the selectors took the unusual step of confirming the newcomer´s place in the side long in advance of the match.

“Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan is also included in the squad for the first time and could feature if England decides on selecting an extra batsman when they confirm their starting lineup next week.

“England will report to the Kia Oval on Tuesday, where they will train in the afternoon.”

Dawid Malan

England born but South Africa raised Malan looks as if he will go head-to-head with spin-bowling all-rounder Liam Dawson for a place in the side.

But struggling opener Keaton Jennings is set to retain his place alongside Alastair Cook, with in-form Surrey batsman Mark Stoneman missing out on a call-up on his home ground.

Meanwhile Malan´s county colleague Toby Roland-Jones, also uncapped, will vy for a place among England´s pace attack with Mark Wood.

Durham quick Wood has struggled for form this series but has been passed fit following a heel problem.

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