It’s 2-2 in the T20 international series between New Zealand in England, and winner takes all in Auckland in game five. It’s just coming up to midnight in the UK, and the game starts at 1am our time. Over in Auckland, they’re having a bit of weather, so let’s hope that doesn’t spoil things, because this should be a fun match.
The last match saw England level the series thanks to a ferocious assault from Dawid Malan, perhaps he was keen to impressive his new Yorkshire teammates with his hitting. He certainly impressed everyone else, making England’s fastest T20 hundred and laying waste to the Kiwi bowling in rare style. Dawid reached three figures in just 48 balls, and this hitting propelled the mighty E to their highest T20 international total. The well-matched qualities of the teams, and the nature of the format, make it hard to say exactly what that means for the chances in this game give but, for Malan at least, it was a huge moment, and he really took his opportunity in the absence of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.
It’s certainly not an easy 11 to get in these days, and there is even a school of thought that England’s best Test batsman, Joe Root, might not be guaranteed a spot. Here’s a piece about Eoin Morgan and Joe.
Scyld Berry’s verdict: Dawid Malan makes his case with handsome hundred as England’s options point to exciting future