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Cricket-Malan soaks up the moment as England gather in Gabba

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Fourth Test – England Nets – Oval, London, England – September 1, 2021 Dawid Malan of England during the match Action images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

December 10, 2021

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Convinced a few months ago that his testing career was over, Dawid Malan found a moment on Friday to stop and smell the roses as he and captain Joe Root pulled the team England came back from the brink in the third saw day. of the first Ashes test.

With England in jeopardy early in their second half, the pair shared 159 unbeaten runs at Gabba, it was a glimmer of hope for England fans after two days of being beaten by the hosts. defeat.

Three years in the test wilderness, Malan was enlisted to cement England’s faltering top spot in the home series against India and try to hold his ground for the Ashes.

On a scorching hot day at Gabba on Friday, with a belligerent speed attack unleashing thunderbolts, Malan felt truly grateful for his fate.

“I thought I would never play another test again,” said the 34-year-old left hand, who is 80 years old.

“I actually told Rooty when we were 40 or 50, with the same score, I said to him – The Barmy Army is singing and what do you have – I said to him, ‘I really miss that thing. this’.

“I missed… one person who tries to blow my head off all the time and then the crowd goes and your adrenaline goes and then plays with the best bowlers going around. You know, cricket testing is top notch.

“So to be able to stand out here with England, you know, very proud to do that.

With 86-year-old Root not coming out, Malan helped push England to 220 in two innings, having gone 73 runs better than the team’s first 147 innings.

Still in 58th place after Australia put 425 on the table in the morning, Malan and Root worked first to help England set goals their players could defend.

Malan hopes to turn into his second century, four years after his 140 glory in Perth in the 2017/18 Ashes, a rare highlight in England’s 4-0 defeat.

Root, fired for a duck on the first-day horror show, will look to hit the 24th tonne after breaking new ground for Britain on Friday with the most runs in a calendar year.

Reaching 1,541 runs for 2021 at the stumps, Root eclipsed former captain Michael Vaughan’s 1,481 mark set in 2002.

“Joe Root has clearly spoken for himself in what he has accomplished in his career,” said Malan.

“Batting with him was great. He will take the pressure off you.

“It’s a great sign for us as a team that Joe is playing well here and leading from the front.”

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Rohith Nair)

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