Malan aims to mastermind Middlesex revival

PUBLISHED: 15:59 01 December 2010

Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan

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DAWID Malan admits he will have to spark an upturn in Middlesex’s fortunes if he is to realise his ambition of playing for England.

Malan has been the county’s leading run-scorer in each of the last two seasons and has just signed a new four-year contract that ties him to Lord’s until 2014.

The 22-year-old said: “I want to play for England – everyone wants to play for their country and that is my ultimate aim. First it’s up to me to score runs and help Middlesex win games.

“Last season was my first chance to get noticed since I qualified, but if you’re not winning games people don’t look at you. We need to change that before I can think about anything like England.

“In some games we lost critical sessions – it was literally one session in several games, losing four wickets in 30 overs, or going for 40 or 50 runs too many, that made the difference.”

“But I feel my cricket is moving in the right direction. My aim is to play in a successful side and to take Middlesex back to where they were when they were dominating county cricket.

“I started my career batting six and stayed there for two years, so it’s still a new role for me, batting at four. I’m still learning how to set my score up and how to play at specific times.”

Malan, who was born in London but grew up in South Africa, burst onto the county scene two years ago with a spectacular quarter-final century against Lancashire in Middlesex’s successful Twenty20 campaign.

In the absence of Andrew Strauss and Eoin Morgan, he became a key member of the Middlesex batting line-up last season and was the county’s only batsman to pass 1,000 runs.

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman John Simpson has also extended his Middlesex contract after agreeing a deal to keep him at Lord’s until the end of the 2013 season.

Simpson, who plays his club cricket at Brondesbury, became the county’s first choice behind the stumps last year, claiming 55 victims and racking up 876 runs.

Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser said: “We asked a lot of John during the summer and he took on each of the challenges head on. I expect him to improve and contribute even more in 2011.”

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