England’s left-handed opener Dawid Malan hinted on Friday that the match against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2023 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India, on Saturday could be his last for his country in 50-over cricket.
England had an abysmal World Cup campaign where out of eight matches they played so far, Jos Buttler’s men only managed to win two against Bangladesh and the Netherlands.
However, during all the Chaos, Malan remained England’s best batter in the mega event as the 36-year-old has amassed 373 runs in eight innings. He has now stated that Saturday’s match could be his last in 50-over but he refused to give a clear-cut statement.
“I guess I’m in a unique situation being the second oldest in this team,” Malan told reporters at Eden Gardens.
“I don’t know what my future holds, whether that will be my choice or the team’s choice.”
“Tomorrow could be the last game of cricket for England for me and it could still be the start of another journey. Who knows? We’ll only find out when the dust settles.”
Malan then explained what it means to play for England and also shed light on his career as he is now 36-year-old and the age isn’t in his favour if he desire to play for a few more years.
“Playing for England means everything for me. I’ve made no secret of that,” Malan said.
“I’ve always wanted to be part of this team and play for England for as long as I can but ultimately you get to a stage where you have to look a little bit further ahead and see what’s best for the team.
“I guess there are decisions to be made over the next couple of days when the dust has settled and we’ll see where we end up.
“If they want experience around, someone who’s played quite a bit and played in the way that the team wants to play, I’d love to still be around and do it,” he said.
“But when you get to this stage of being the second oldest, it’s usually them that go first regardless of results and that’s part and parcel of the game.”