The man who swapped Middlesex for the Lords of the North
Dawid Malan is a linchpin of England’s limited overs batting plans, highlighted by him being ranked as the world’s number one T20 batter in September 2020 – the end of his first summer at Yorkshire having moved from Middlesex.
He has since played his part in a T20 World Cup triumph in Australia in late 2022, though unfortunately missed the final through injury. The classy left-hander has, at time of writing, scored eight international centuries across three formats – six in ODIs and one apiece in T20 and Test Cricket.
One of those ODI centuries came at the 2023 World Cup in India, him being England’s leading run-scorer with 404. It came a few months after the now 36-year-old had been Yorkshire’s leading Blast run-scorer with 546, including five half-centuries in a fine campaign.
Malan has not been a Yorkshire regular during his time at Headingley due to international commitments, but he has five four-day centuries to his name.
His first was 219 in a draw with Derbyshire in the BWT at Headingley in 2020 before adding 199 and 152 in Championship wins against Sussex and Kent at the same venue the two following summers.
Born in Roehampton, South West London, Malan grew up in South Africa and made his first-class debut for Boland in February 2006. He made his first appearance for Middlesex that summer as well, a county he captained for the two years immediately prior to joining Yorkshire.
A regular on the T20 franchise circuit, Mala, as he is nicknamed along with AC, won the Hundred with Trent Rockets in 2022, top-scoring in the tournament (377 runs). In early 2024, he also helped Sunrisers Eastern Cape win the SA T20 title.
UPDATED: Feb 2024.