Ashes 2017: Dawid Malan urges England to be aggressive in the remaining Tests

Dawid Malan believes England have to be mentally strong against Australia.

Dawid Malan with Jonny Bairstow | Getty Images

England middle-order batsman Dawid Malan, on Friday, urged his team to don’t look back at their Ashes defeat and stressed the need to be aggressive in the remaining Melbourne and Sydney Tests.

With an emphatic an innings and 41-runs victory in the Perth Test, Australia reclaimed the Ashes urn earlier this week against England.

Ahead of the Boxing Day Ashes Test in Melbourne, Malan, who is the best batter of England side with 302 runs at an average of 50.33 so far in the series, believes they can save their pride by giving their best at the last two Tests despite his team’s 0-3 loss in the five-test Ashes series.

As per AFP, Dawid Malan told reporters in Melbourne, “I believe we need to be as aggressive with these guys as they are with us. If you ever take your foot off the gas with these blokes, they seem to really dominate. I think batting, bowling or fielding we have to be aggressive.”

The Middlesex batsman further added, “One little mistake out here, and these guys seem to pounce on it. You have to be mentally strong. It is a tough place, but it is as tough as you make it.”

The 30-year-old left-hander, who scored his maiden Test century in Perth, said the touring side had their moments, but have not sustained them against Australia in the ongoing Ashes series.

He further added, “You can look back at all three Test matches and say we were in the driving seat for two or maybe three days. It’s just those crucial moments — one session a game we’ve lost and just fallen away. It is disappointing we’ve got nothing to play for in terms of the Ashes but the pride of our players will want to make this 3-2 and we want to show we can perform out here.”

Malan concluded by saying, “No one is feeling sorry for themselves, blaming people or anything like that. We hold our hands up and we need to improve. None of us are the finished article. It’s not through lack of trying.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 23 Dec, 2017

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