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Dawid Malan (Getty Images)

Dawid Malan is hopeful to be picked for England’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka despite a run of failures in three Tests at home this year. Malan has failed to replicate his Ashes form as he failed in the two-Test series against Pakistan in May-June and then endured a torrid time against India at Edgbaston where he scored 28 runs across the two innings and dropped a three catches too.

Prior to that, Malan was England’s top-scorer in the Ashes series, recording 383 runs at an average of 43 across the five Tests. He then again top-scored for England in a T20I tri-series involving Australia and New Zealand. But he lost his form on New Zealand tour where he scored 78 across four innings including a half-century.

Despite his recent struggles, the 31-year-old middle-order batsman expected the team management to show more confidence in his abilities.

“It has been a tough season in terms of being left out,” Malan was quoted as saying by the BBC on Sunday. “I probably didn’t score enough runs, but after the winter I had, you’d expect to be backed a little bit.”

After his Edgbaston nightmare against India, he was dropped for the subsequent Tests with national selector Ed Smith pigeonholing his game as “better suited to overseas conditions” as a reason for the decision.

Malan revealed he had a chat with Smith who explained his comments. “The comments that I was better suited to overseas didn’t help but I had a good chat with Ed Smith and he explained what he meant and that it wasn’t meant in the way it came across,” he said.

Malan is hopeful to make the tour of Sri Lanka in October. “He said I hadn’t scored as many runs in England as I have overseas. He didn’t mean it in the sense of having technical deficiencies in England. I still have an ambition to play for England and hopefully I can get on that plane to Sri Lanka this winter.”

Playing his domestic cricket for Middesex on a difficult Lord’s track hasn’t helped Malan’s cause either. “The wickets at Lord’s have been really strange this year. I think Lord’s has the 16th or 17th lowest average score in county cricket this year, which doesn’t make the stats look very good at all. That hasn’t been ideal when you have to go back to county cricket and score runs. It has been pretty tough – at the moment, 30 at Lord’s seems to be a very good score on both sides!” he explained.