England all-rounder Dawid Malan says he found it hard to “get his head around” being dropped from the Test series against India. Malan had an excellent Ashes last winter, top scoring for the tourists before making a half-century against New Zealand.
He made 383 runs at an average of 43 in the five Ashes Test last winter, including a century at the Waca, and also top-scored in the Twenty20 tri-series that followed against Australia and New Zealand.
However, his form declined over the summer for England, struggling to impose himself against India, and was subsequently dropped for the fourth and fifth Tests against the tourists in which England won the series 4-1.
When he was dropped, national selector Ed Smith commented that his game might be better suited to “overseas conditions”, something that Malan admits he found hard to take.
“It has been a tough season in terms of being left out,” said Malan.
“I probably didn’t score enough runs, but after the winter I had, you’d expect to be backed a little bit.
“The comments that I was better suited to overseas didn’t help but I had a good chat with Ed Smith and he explained what he meant and that it wasn’t meant in the way it came across.
“He said I hadn’t scored as many runs in England as I have overseas. He didn’t mean it in the sense of having technical deficiencies in England.
“I still have an ambition to play for England and hopefully I can get on that plane to Sri Lanka this winter.”