England white-ball head coach Matthew Mott believes Dawid Malan can elbow his way into contention for their World Cup defence in India next year.Malan was one of the few positives to emerge from England’s 3-0 ODI series whitewash defeat against Australia, registering a sparkling 134 off 128 balls in the first match at Adelaide.While he is a T20 regular, Malan has made just 12 ODI appearances but Eoin Morgan’s international retirement and Ben Stokes bowing out of the format presents vacancies in the top-six.Malan, who was ruled out of the latter stages of England’s T20 World Cup triumph earlier this month because of a groin injury, averages 50.55 in ODIs but that climbs to 73.75 in ODIs at number three.He has made both of his tons at first drop, which has been Joe Root’s position for a number of years, but Mott is convinced there is room for the Yorkshire team-mates in England’s XI.“Dawid’s a class player, he makes big hundreds,” Mott said. “You can build a side around the way he plays.
I think he’s got gears as well.“That’s something he’s been really keen to make sure that he doesn’t get typecast too much into playing that spine of the innings role – that he can if required up the ante and read the game situation.“I think he’s done that really well a few times for us.
He’ll be a big part of the mixture for that World Cup.”Mott still hopes to lure all-rounder Stokes out of international retirement for the World Cup, which is scheduled to start in 11 months’ time.But the 49-year-old Queenslander is happy to put a pin in the discussion until after Stokes has captained England’s first Test tour of Pakistan in 17 years.“I’m going to completely leave him alone until at least after the Pakistan Test series,” Mott said. “He’sRead more on independent.co.uk