England have added left-handed batsman Dawid Malan as cover for the first T20I of the three-match series starting July 3 at Old Trafford. Malan has been added to the original 14-man squad after right-arm pacer Tom Curran suffered a minor side strain. Also Read - Tom Curran Eyes Return to Test Side, Dreams of Becoming First Brothers Pair With Sam Curran to Represent England
With plenty of bowling options in their group, England opted against a like-for-like replacement, instead calling up the 30-year-old, who has an impressive record in the format with four half-centuries from five innings. Also Read - Tom Curran Targets Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Wickets
Curran is expected to be fit for the second and third matches of the series at Cardiff and Bristol respectively, reports ICC. Also Read - Great Selection Headache to Have: England Coach Chris Silverwood Welcomes Dawid Malan’s Performance
The 30-year-old batsman played a blistering knock of 78 from 44 balls in his T20I debut against South Africa in June 2017. Thereafter, he smashed back-to-back half-centuries versus New Zealand in February. He averages 50 in the shortest format of the game with a strike rate of 150.
After the T20 series, the teams will meet in three one-day internationals before a five-match Test series.
England v India
3 July – 1st T20I, Manchester
6 July – 2nd T20I, Cardiff
8 July – 3rd T20I, Bristol