Daily Mail UK – If England are going to match India’s batting galacticos in their five-Test series, they will need runs – lots of them – from Alastair Cook.

Summary

  • If England are going to match India’s batting galacticos in their five-Test series, they will need runs – lots of them – from Alastair Cook.
  • More significantly for the make-up of England’s top order at Edgbaston on August 1, Dawid Malan responded to the threat of losing his place with a composed unbeaten 59.
  • Malan was said to have been unimpressed by his recent omission from England’s Twenty20 squad, despite making four fifties in his five appearances in the format.
  • And his release from England’s 50-over party looked like an unfortunate piece of timing when Jason Roy was declared an injury doubt for Tuesday’s third and deciding ODI against India at Headingley.
  • Had Malan stayed with the squad, he might have expected to make his one-day debut, but the selectors wanted him to score some red-ball runs.


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