County Stats (19/20 season)
Dawid Malan was on top of the world not too long after joining Yorkshire ahead of 2020. And that wasn’t just because he had moved from the Lord’s to the real Home of Cricket, Emerald Headingley!
In September 2020, he was named by the ICC as their world number one ranked T20 batsman after a string of fabulous performances at the top of the order for England.
At the time, left-handed Malan’s T20 international record read 682 runs from 16 matches, with an average of 48.71 and a strike rate of 146.66, and one century to go with seven fifties.
That century came against New Zealand in Napier in November 2019, just five days after signing a four-year deal with Yorkshire after leaving Middlesex.
Malan, who scored 78 on T20 international debut against South Africa at Cardiff in 2017, has since built on his aforementioned record in that format, scoring a superb match-winning 99 against the Proteas at Cape Town in late 2020.
Shortly afterwards, he played for Hobart in Australia’s Big Bash and will start the 2021 English summer on Indian Premier League duty with Kings XI Punjab.
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 leaving for Yorkshire.
Malan, a County Championship winner in 2016, is far from just a T20 specialist, as proved when he scored a brilliant 219 in only his third appearance for the White Rose, against Derbyshire at Headingley in August 2020.
That Bob Willis Trophy innings marked his maiden career double century for a player who played 15 Test Matches in 2017 and 2018 and scored an Ashes hundred at Perth.
An elegant left-hander who packs a punch, Malan also bowls useful leg-spinners. He is closing in on 200 first-class career matches and 12,000 runs. He has played just one career ODI, against Ireland in 2019.
Malan, nicknamed AC (think Italian football!), will play for the Nottingham based Trent Rockets in the inaugural Hundred competition in summer 2021.