Dawid Malan will be considered ahead of the forthcoming Tests: David Lloyd
Bumble Lloyd said it was really entertaining to see these youngsters come out and perform the way they did.
Published - Jun 26, 2017 7:07 pm | Updated - Jun 26, 2017 7:07 pm
29-year-old Dawid Malan has been amassing tons of runs for Middlesex and his struggles finally paid off when he made his International debut against South Africa on Sunday. To make his special day memorable, he piled up a match winning half-century and grabbed the Man of the Match in his very first game for the country.
The Southpaw looked flawless with his stroke-play and posed quite a challenge for the visitors’ bowlers. He scored 78 runs off 44 balls, which included 12 boundaries and two hits that went over the rope. Unsurprisingly he made the headlines in all sporting platforms across England and experts reckon he’s here to stay for long.
The ever exuberant David “Bumble” Lloyd feels Malan will force his way into the Test side and he will become a regular in the coming future. In an interview with Sky Sports, he mentioned Malan would be “flyer” and its really heartening to see youngsters like him, Mason Crane and Tom Curran coming through the ranks.
“He might play in the Test matches. He’s 29 years of age, he knows his game, he scores runs for fun for Middlesex. He might be a flyer,” said the former English coach.
“Youngsters justified their captain’s faith”
In a crucial series, England skipper Eoin Morgan decided to rest the 3 big players – Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid, which paved way for Malan and Curran to sneak. It paid off big time for the southpaw as Malan scored a half-century and Curran picked up 5 wickets in the 2 games he played.
Bumble Lloyd said it was really entertaining to see these youngsters come out and perform the way they did. He also added that there would be some mistakes here and there from these lads but that’s what will shape them into good cricketers in the long run.
“The younger players have come through in the series, from both sides really. It’s been so entertaining! I mentioned on commentary the individual skills of the players, they’ve expressed themselves. You get mistakes as well but I think it’s been an excellent series and England have shaded it,” he said.
“It’s worth a comment that the big players are resting but it gives a great opportunity to young players to come in. They find out about these players, in particular Tom Curran, Mason Crane, Malan – they’ve been outstanding,” Lloyd added.
All-rounder Chris Jordan had a terrific series and the senior English commentator said he’s more of an experience player and does a good job whenever he’s roped into the side. “Chris Jordan, as a more experienced player, comes in and does the job. It’s been a good exercise but the bottom line is: win. They’ve done that, 2-1,” Bumble explained further.
“That celebration speaks a lot about his character, he’s here to stay”
A young Mason Crane’s leg-spin didn’t really trouble the technical magician AB de Villiers and he clobbered him for a boundary and a couple of sixes in his third over in the final T20I. But he turned the tables around a bamboozled de Villiers and got his wicket.
Crane went wild with his celebrations reacting to that, Lloyd said, “Character. Do you want to be there? And he obviously does. That’s one for a leg-spinner, he’s caught in a leg trap and it’s a terrific catch from Alex Hales.”