Ashes 2017: England's Dawid Malan urges England to be as 'aggressive' as Australia in final two Tests

In-form batsman Dawid Malan says the Ashes may be gone but England must remain aggressive in the final two Tests against Australia.

AFP, Dec 22, 2017 13:02:15 IST

Melbourne: In-form batsman Dawid Malan says the Ashes may be gone but England must remain aggressive in the final two Tests against Australia.

Australia reclaimed the Ashes urn with an emphatic innings victory in the Perth Test earlier this week, condemning the remaining Melbourne and Sydney Tests to dead rubbers in the five-Test series.

England's Dawid Malan celebrates after scoring century against Australia in Perth. AP

England's Dawid Malan celebrates after scoring century against Australia in Perth. AP

But Malan, who is the best performing of the tourists' batsmen with 302 runs at an average of 50.33, said despite the series being lost, pride was at stake.

"I believe we need to be as aggressive with these guys as they are with us," he told reporters ahead of the fourth Test in Melbourne, starting on Boxing Day.

"If you ever take your foot off the gas with these blokes, they seem to really dominate.

"I think batting, bowling or fielding we have to be aggressive. One little mistake out here, and these guys seem to pounce on it," added Malan.

"You have to be mentally strong. It is a tough place, but it is as tough as you make it."

The Middlesex left-hander, who scored his maiden Test century with 140 in Perth, said England had their moments during the series, but have not sustained them.

"You can look back at all three Test matches and say we were in the driving seat for two or maybe three days," he said.

"It's just those crucial moments – one session a game we've lost and just fallen away.

"It is disappointing we've got nothing to play for in terms of the Ashes but the pride of our players will want to make this 3-2 and we want to show we can perform out here."

He added that England remained united on what has been a miserable tour.

"No one is feeling sorry for themselves, blaming people or anything like that," he said.

"We hold our hands up and we need to improve. None of us are the finished article. It’s not through lack of trying."

Updated Date: Dec 22, 2017 13:02:15 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254