Dawid Malan hit his first International Test century yesterday when England needed it most, in their ongoing battle with Australia to retain The Ashes.
The former coach hit 140, across two days as himself and Jonny Bairstow put together a sterling partnership of 237, Bairstow with a patient 119. The pairs 237 was England’s highest ever fifth wicket stand, trumping the 80-year-old record set by Denis Compton and Eddie Paynter back in 1937. The Middlesex top-order batsman made his maiden century in style hitting the boundary with an excellently timed pull shot from Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood. Malan’s 140 run knock was much needed with the batsman entering the fray with England on 131 before departing on 368. It took something special to finally dislodge Malan with Peter Handscomb taking an incredible catch. The Australians were relieved to see the back of him.
Malan, whose parents were in attendance at The WACA, said ‘It was very emotional when I hit those runs. I didn’t know what to do, I almost started crying, to be honest’. It was a significant couple of days for a number of Paragon clients with former England captain Alastair Cook receiving his 150th Cap and Chris Woakes taking the crucial wicket of Usman Khawaja earlier this morning.