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England axing inspired me to ton, says Malan

 

By David Charlesworth

Dawid Malan revealed England's plan to rotate him out of the side for the fifth and final Twenty20 was the catalyst for his belligerent century in the 76-run thumping of New Zealand.

Malan became only the second England batsman after Alex Hales to reach three figures in the sprint format with a sparkling 103 not out from 51 balls, a destructive innings containing nine fours and six sixes.

A stand of 182 alongside captain Eoin Morgan, who was in similarly unforgiving mood towards the Kiwi bowlers as he amassed 91 from 41 balls, formed the bedrock of England's T20-best 241-3 at a balmy Napier.

New Zealand were unable to mount a dramatic fightback with the bat, subsiding to 165 all out after 16.5 overs, with Matt Parkinson taking four for 47, levelling the series at 2-2 and setting up a decider at Eden Park tomorrow.

A giddy Malan afterwards divulged that England's initial plan would see him make way this weekend although he hopes his three-figure score may prompt a rethink.

He said: "I don't know if I'm going to actually play (in Auckland), I think I was only due to play four games.

"That's probably why I chanced my arm such a lot."

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