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Dawid Malan could be selected for the 50-over World Cup

In the recently concluded ODI series against Australia, England suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat.

However, there was a positive for the Three Lions in the series and it was none other than Dawid Malan.

In the first ODI at Adelaide, Malan scored a magnificent 134 from 128 balls but England couldn’t win the match.

Malan is a regular T20 player for England and has played many great innings for the side.

For England, Malan has just 12 ODI appearances but can make it to the 50-over World Cup squad, feels head coach Matthew Mott.

Dawid’s a class player, he makes big hundreds. You can build a side around the way he plays. I think he’s got gears as well.

Mott is also hopeful that he can pull out Ben Stokes from his retirement to play in the 50-over World Cup.

Right now, he doesn’t want to put any pressure on Stokes as he is busy preparing for the tour of Pakistan.

I’m going to completely leave him alone until at least after the Pakistan Test series. He’s got a job to do over there. He’s incredibly keen to do well.

Because of the packed schedule, Mott hasn’t had a bigger pool of players to choose from.

Mott revealed that it was quite tough going to motivate players for the three matches on a constant basis.

It was one of the toughest series as a coach that I’ve had to deal with. Physically and mentally, players were just spent- you could see it in their eyes.

England will once again reconvene in South Africa next year and hopefully, Jofra Archer will also make his comeback for the Three Lions.

Mott is happy to welcome Archer back to the side after a span of one year.

I’ve watched him like everyone else and he’s an excitement machine. We wish him well with his recovery, it’s been going great apparently. We’ll definitely welcome him back.

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