Malan's form impresses Farbrace

17 November 2017 23:21:43 GMTPlus11

England's assistant coach Paul Farbrace believes the Australian pitches suit Dawid Malan's game after the 30-year-old scored a century on Friday.

The Middlesex batsman struggled in the summer, scoring only 189 runs at an average of less than 24 in his five Test appearances.

He made his Test debut in July against South Africa but failed to impress against the Proteas or the West Indies.

However, Malan was more at home in Townsville, making 109 as the tourists reached 515 in their first innings against a Cricket Australia XI.

There were still some areas of concern though as England lost five wickets for 38 runs at one stage before Chris Woakes and Mason Crane put on 58 for the last wicket.

The CA XI had made 121-3 in their second innings at the close of play so Joe Root's side lead by 144 runs heading into the final day.

"It was a mixed day," Farbrace admitted. "We took our eye off the ball with the bat.

"We are in a good position but, in terms of preparation for next week, we have dipped below where we have been during the first two days, which is a shame.

"For someone who is playing in this country for the first time, Dawid has shown that the extra pace and bounce in the wickets suit his game.

"He found it difficult in England this summer when the ball nipped around, but he looks very much at home here."

Malan is 3.50 to score a century in the Ashes, while he is 1.50 to be England's top batsman in the series. Meanwhile, the tourists are 13.00 to retain the Ashes.

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