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Dawid Malan keen on becoming T20 mainstay amid fierce competition
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Dawid Malan keen on becoming T20 mainstay amid fierce competition

Dawid Malan has expressed his desire to score consistently in a bid to make it impossible for selectors to drop him given England's abundant batting resources.

Malan's career average reads an astonishing figure of 50.8 after 15 T20Is but he is still not guaranteed a permanent spot in England's white-ball unit.

Malan has been in fine form across England's cricketing summer with Australia also on the receiving end of his superb knocks.

The 33-year-old followed up his match-winning 66 in the first T20I with another important contribution of 44 runs during England's six-wicket triumph on Sunday.

Nonetheless, Malan admitted nailing down a place in the team was tough as England are currently blessed with a wide talent pool.

"We all know how good the players are that hold those positions," he said.

"Their records over the last four or five years have been fantastic.

"For anyone to break in, you have to be extremely consistent and win games of cricket for England."

The Yorkshire star was mindful of the fact that the return of Ben Stokes and Jason Roy would jeopardise his presence in the line-up.

Interestingly, Malan's average is a shade higher than Virat Kohli's but the top-order batsman refused to be drawn into any comparison with the charismatic Indian skipper.

"I don't think I'm anywhere near as good as Virat Kohli and those guys even though the numbers are sort of suggesting that," he said.

"Maybe if I played 50 games I could be compared to some extent. But all I can do is score runs.

"If I keep scoring runs at the rate I'm scoring at hopefully it will make it hard for them to ignore what I'm doing and I can somehow find a way into that starting XI."

Malan added he was aiming to be a member of England's touring party for next year's T20 World Cup in India and wanted to get rid of the uncertainty associated with being a non-contracted national player.

"They look to plan, so you play in conditions and with game plans that will potentially suit the T20 World Cup in India, which is why I think we are playing on used wickets here," he said.

"Especially if you're not contracted you don't really know if you are in or out of the team. But that just means when you do get the opportunity you try to make the most of it."