Dawid Malan has the full backing of assistant coach Paul Collingwood in a bid to rediscover the T20 form that helped him to the pinnacle of the rankings late last year. Malan has remained atop the rankings since then averaging 55 with a strike rate of 149 prior to the Tour of India. He has struggled in India scoring just 80 runs with a strike rate of 103.89 in the four games so far.
“Dawid hasn’t quite found his rhythm on this tour but you’ve got to remember where he is in the world rankings and that’s no fluke,” Collingwood said. “What he’s done with an England shirt on in T20 cricket has been pretty much exceptional up until this series.”
“He’ll be the first person to say it hasn’t gone quite as well as he’d like in the first four games, but he’s got an opportunity again to do something special [on Saturday],” he added. “He has been unbelievably consistent, to the point where you know fine well once he gets in he will go on and get a big score. Sometimes it only takes one shot that comes out of the middle of the bat that gets you going again – we have all been there.”
After England’s defeat in the fourth T20I, Ben Stokes has said that the team welcomed the pressure of a series finale maintaining that it would ho,d them in good stead for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Collingwood, who captained England in the last T20 World Cup echoed Stokes’ sentiments saying that the series finale would be a good opportunity to gain knockout cricket experience under their belt.