London, Jun 30: Left-handed batsman Dawid Malan might get a chance to play in the first T20 international against India at Old Trafford on Tuesday after he was called up as a cover for seamer Tom Curran in the England squad for their three-match series.
Curran, who suffered a minor side strain, is expected to be fit for the second and third T20I at Cardiff and Bristol respectively.
The 30-year-old Malan, who made his debut with a 44-ball 78 against South Africa, has played five T20s for England, scoring 250 runs at a rate of 150.6 runs per 100 balls.
“I got a message from (national selector) Ed Smith saying I had been called up for one game,” said Malan.
“I’m just delighted to be part of the squad. (T20) Gave me a great opportunity to show what I could do as a player and express myself. It’s nice to be in and around it again and back around the England boys, and hopefully, I get an opportunity.”
England will also play three ODIs against India before the five-Test series.
India defeated Ireland 2-0 in a T20 series in the run-up to the England series.