Breaking – England recall Dawid Malan to Test squad ahead and drop Dom Sibley

Fast bowler Saqib Mahmood is also called up on his own merits for the 3rd Test at Headingley

Dawid Malan is back in the Test squad

Three years after playing the last of his 15 Tests, Dawid Malan has been recalled to face India and try and help shore up England’s top order.

With opener Dom Sibley axed from the squad following his poor returns this summer that culminated in a four ball duck at Lord’s on Sunday, Malan is expected to slot in as the new No.3 at Headingley with Haseeb Hameed reverting to his usual role as opener.

It has been more than two months since Malan played a red ball game, but in it he struck 199 for Yorkshire against Sussex on the same ground where the 3rd Test against India is about to take place.

And at 33 years old, England are hoping that the experienced Malan can bring it all to bear in a situation that is far from ideal, but perhaps one that just might work.

It is three years since Malan played Test cricket



Since his last game in England whites, also against India, Malan has carved out a successful white-ball career for himself and remains the No.1 T20 batsman in the world.

His priority this year may well have been to make sure that he was a part of England’s first choice eleven for the T20 World Cup, but to that he can now add a place in the Ashes XI too.

It was in Perth on the last Ashes trip where Malan scored his only century to date, a quite brilliant 140 at Perth, and he will be aiming for more of the same this week.

Saqib Mahmood has impressed in white-ball cricket and gets a call up


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With the ball Saqib Mahmood is also in line for a Test debut after he was picked in his first England Test squad at home by rights.

Mahmood has been a stand out performer in white ball cricket for England, Lancashire and the Oval Invincibles this year, but his red ball credentials are just as good.

He was called up as injury cover for the first Test at Lord’s, but with England desperate to strike back in Leeds, his wicket-taking ability should give him a real chance of playing.

In addition to Sibley, Zak Crawley has also been taken out of the England bubble and sent back to his county to try and rebuild his confidence.

England head coach Chris Silverwood said: “The Test series is beautifully poised, and we are relishing the prospect of aiming to bounce back at Emerald Headingley next week.

“Dawid Malan deserves his opportunity in the Test arena. He has a lot of experience across all formats and, if called upon, I am confident that he can come and do well on his home ground.

Captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood have work to do to improve England’s top order batting output.


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“Zak Crawley will return to Kent to galvanise the excellent work he did last week in the nets at Lord’s. Zak is still a massive part of our plans, he has a bright future and I do not doubt that his time will come again in the Test arena.

“Dom Sibley needs some time away to regain his confidence after a challenging period. He will return to Warwickshire to spend time in the middle without the scrutiny and find some rhythm and confidence.”

“We also have the services of Saqib Mahmood, who has been brilliant across all formats this summer. He is confident, highly-skilled and will not be overawed if he is to make his Test debut. His temperament and attitude are suited to the international arena.”

England Men’s Third Test Squad

Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Rory Burns (Surrey)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)

Dan Lawrence (Essex)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Craig Overton (Somerset)

Ollie Pope (Surrey)

Ollie Robinson (Sussex)

Mark Wood (Durham)

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