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TL;DR news on Dawid Malan at April 22, 2023

Joe RootDawid MalanOllie PopeCameron GreenNathan LyonMitchell StarcAustraliaEnglandAustralia vs EnglandEngland in AustraliaICC World Test Championship Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. As per the latest ICC men's batting rankings, England star Dawid Malan and South Africa's Aiden Markram have managed to overtake Azam in the T20I standings. When Mitchell Starc replaced Green and almost immediately dismissed Malan, any thoughts of an England revival subsided. The Root & Malan show was perhaps the only positive thing for England. Malan, the more aggressive of the two, started off with an inside edge off Jhye Richardson that went past his stumps for four. Lyon got some turn and troubled the duo but was unable to dislodge either of Root or Malan. Stokes had to flog himself to the limit in bowling those bouncers at Labuschagne, so that it was a limping batsman who went to the crease to try and bolt the door which Malan and Root had opened. Malan walks back on 80. On comes Stokes to partner Malan. Malan could slot in at either 3 or 4 in the T20 side, as the selectors continue to not select Joe Root, but he has come under increased criticism and scrutiny, noticeably for his slow starts. "But a partnership like the one Root and Malan have put on goes right into that dressing room and shows they can score runs here.