Dawid Malan of England hits the ball out the ground for six runs during game two of the Twenty20 International series between New Zealand and England at Westpac Stadium on November 3 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. Picture: GARETH COPLEY
Dawid Malan of England hits the ball out the ground for six runs during game two of the Twenty20 International series between New Zealand and England at Westpac Stadium on November 3 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. Picture: GARETH COPLEY

Bengaluru — England’s Dawid Malan has notched up the highest-yet rating for a batsman in the men’s Twenty20 international rankings after topping the scoring charts against SA, the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old has reached 915 points, the first player to cross the 900-point mark in the format. Australia’s Aaron Finch posted 900 points in July 2018.

Malan’s terrific run with the bat caused him to top the series aggregate with 173 runs as England completed a 3-0 series sweep against SA. His match-winning unbeaten 99 in the final match on Tuesday helped England leapfrog Australia to take the top spot in the men’s T20I team rankings.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain praised Malan for his versatile style and consistency.

“On difficult pitches he grinds out a score while when you need to up the run rate and you can’t be using up deliveries on dot balls in the powerplay he doesn’t — he just goes out and smashes it,” Hussain told Sky Sports.

“He never overhits. It’s classy batting — it is not power, it is just timing. At times he makes it look effortless.”

Malan holds a 44-point advantage in the rankings over Pakistan’s Babar Azam, whom he overtook in September.

Reuters

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