Dawid Malan called into England T20 squad as cover for Tom Curran

Dawid Malan has been called into England’s squad for the first Twenty20 international against India at Old Trafford on Tuesday as cover for Tom Curran.

Seam bowler Curran has a side strain but is expected to be fit for the final two games of the series, at Cardiff on Friday and at Bristol on Sunday, July 8.

Batsman Malan scored 78 on his Twenty20 international debut against South Africa in Cardiff last June, and he then struck three fifties in four innings during the T20 tri-series in Australia and New Zealand in February.

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Speaking on his call-up while commentating on the Royal London One-Day Cup final between Hampshire and Kent 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 has also scored one century – at Perth during the 2017-18 Ashes – and six fifties in his 14 Test appearances for England since making his debut against South Africa at The Oval last July.

See if Malan earns a sixth T20I cap when England take on India on Tuesday. The match at Old Trafford is live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (401) from 5pm.

Watch England take on India in three T20s, three ODIs and five Tests – with every ball live on Sky Sports Cricket.

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