Malan leads England to series win over S


Dawid Malan, who scored a fantastic half-century and played a match-winning knock in his team's 19-run victory over South Africa last night, said that he feared he would never get the chance to play for England.

"To play for your country's a fantastic experience and I think you're nervous either way".

The bulk of Malan's early runs came through the leg side, yet the Middlesex batsman was soon scoring freely all around the wicket as he recorded the highest score by an England T20 debutant.

It was unwise shot selection with a fine leg fielder on the boundary and Livingstone is the only one of the tyro players in this series not to make a mark.

And fellow Middlesex left-hander Malan responded by making 78 in England's total of 181 for eight.

Morgan, meanwhile, defended his decision to miss the series decider after former England captain and Yorkshire star Michael Vaughan responded to the decision by tweeting: "1-1".

Morgan had chose to leave himself out in order to provide another opportunity for England to take a look at some of their fringe players. Curran, the son of the late former Zimbabwe worldwide Kevin Curran, struck with just his second ball in global cricket when Reeza Hendricks bottom-edged a pull into his stumps. 'I had a chat with Adam when they announced the squad for the Ireland matches and had rested a few players.

Hales had taken his time to get settled but worked through a range of big hits, including a hammer blow straight down the ground for six, before struggling to get hold of a pull and falling to a very good low, diving David Miller catch for 36.

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Jos Buttler, who stepped in as captain in the absence of Morgan, was full of praise for Malan.

The replay clearly showed that De Villiers had no idea about the direction of the ball and he stood motionless even after the catch was taken.

However, de Villiers is understood to contemplating Test retirement when he meets CSA officials following the appointment of a new coach in August, in an attempt to continue playing white-ball cricket for South Africa until the 2019 World Cup.

South Africa lost wickets regularly and rarely looked like threatening a target of 182 although, when de Villiers started peppering balls into the crowd, they were given brief hope.

Former Ireland global Morgan added: "It's a very hard situation to be in".

"I'm still hungry to play as much global cricket as I can and I definitely still hold ambitions of playing Tests. It's tough, but it's a call you have to make looking to the long term".

"It's going to be unbelievable, some of the youngsters in South Africa will get an opportunity to play in the same side as guys like (Chris) Gayle, (Dwayne) Bravo, (Kieron) Pollard and so many others - Morgan is coming".