Dawid Malan says competition for England’s T20 squad places is strong

Dawid Malan says competition for places within England’s T20 side can only help the team in the Tri-Series with Australia and New Zealand.

England lost their opening fixture in the Trans-Tasman Series, but Malan says the squad has the correct mental approach ahead of Saturday’s game against Australia in Melbourne.

He said: “It’s one of the main traits of the whole England team, we have that never-say-die attitude.

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“That’s the beauty of this T20 team. Everybody is fighting for a spot. Everyone wants to push the other guy out and everyone is trying to do everything they can to perform to help the team win.

“At the end of the day, if you produce match-winning performances you play a lot longer.”

Malan has played for England’s Test team – featuring in the recent Ashes series defeat – but is yet to appear for the ODI side, and is keen to force his way into the 50-over squad as quickly as possible.

He added: “There’s a World Cup coming up in 2019 and they (selectors) are looking ahead to that.

“They’ve obviously got their group of players and it’s nice to be in the 20 or 22 they’ve got their eyes on.

“Hopefully, I can keep scoring runs and force my way into the squad, because that’s the only way I can get an opportunity.

“It’s a tough team to break into and I just have to be patient. I’ve been patient for long enough in my career, so if I keep scoring runs in Twenty20, hopefully that can put pressure on the guys in the squad.”