England head coach Chris Silverwood has admitted Dawid Malan’s heroics against New Zealand have given him a ‘selection headache’.
Malan, being the highest run-getter in the New Zealand T20I series, has put Joe Root’s place under threat as England search for getting their team combination right for World T20 next year.
The left-handed batsman struck a hundred off 48 balls against New Zealand in Napier which is the fastest T20I ton by an Englishman. His heroics against New Zealand also vaulted him to third place in the ICC rankings for T20I batsmen.
The presence of Malan in the playing XI also puts Root’s place under jeopardy as Malan’s ability to score quickly makes him a better option.
Silverwood, when asked about Root’s place in the T20I side, declined to make any comments about England’s Test captain.
“He is a good player across all formats, but that's a conversation we've got to have,” he said as quoted by Dailymail. “I can't tell you whether he will or he won't yet. He is keen to stay involved, of course he is.
“It's a great headache. I would be more worried if it was the other way round, and we had no one to bring in.”
But Malan came under the firing line from skipper Eoin Morgan in his 48-ball hundred when he didn’t run a bye to the keeper off the final ball. Silverwood said Morgan had set extremely high standards for the side and added that he was very unselfish in the way he played.
"Eoin has got very high standards for the team," he said. 'He's very unselfish in the way he plays and that's what he believes. Morgs is a great leader. We have to allow him to lead at times. It's fine."
England will now face New Zealand in a two-match Test series starting November 21.