Dawid Malan eyeing BBL debut: The English batsman is in talks for his maiden season in the Big Bash League this year.
Having scored 661 runs in 15 T20Is at an average of 50.84 and a strike rate of 147.87 including one century and seven half-centuries calls for an incredible start to England batsman Dawid Malan’s career in the shortest format at the highest level.
Malan, who despite scoring 250 runs at an average and strike rate of 50 and 150.60 respectively in his first five T20Is didn’t get to play a match for the next 16 months, ensured similar form upon making his comeback during the tour of New Zealand last year.
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Since November 2019, Malan (411) is the third-highest run-scorer in T20Is only behind India wicket-keeper batsman Lokesh Rahul (562) and England captain Eoin Morgan (430).
Dawid Malan eyeing BBL debut
Malan, who has had multiple stints in the Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League and the Mzansi Super League, is eyeing for a maiden stint in the Big Bash League in Australia. The 33-year old player has confirmed being in talks with a BBL club ahead of the 10th season of the tournament.
“There has been some contact with one of the clubs. That’s still ongoing at the moment so hopefully we can finish and finalise that soon and hopefully that can get announced. I don’t know if I’m allowed yet [to say which club], so I’ll sit on the fence with that one,” Malan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
It is also being reported that England opening batsmen in Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are also in talks with respect to playing in BBL 2020 after fulfilling their national duties. While Roy has spent four seasons at Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers in the BBL, Bairstow is yet to make his BBL debut.
England batsman Alex Hales and fast bowler Jofra Archer, who had represented Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes in BBL 2019-20, are expected to renew their deals for the upcoming season as well.
Morgan, who himself has played 13 matches for Thunder from 2013-16, has been very supportive of English players playing in overseas T20 leagues to gain exposure and the same is one of the primary reasons behind England’s supreme prowess in white-ball formats.