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Malan excited about Stanlake challenge

Dawid Malan will be seen in action in Hobart on Wednesday
Dawid Malan will be seen in action in Hobart on Wednesday

England middle order batsman Dawid Malan says he is excited about facing Australia pace bowler Billy Stanlake in the upcoming Twenty20 International game in Hobart.

Stanlake was instrumental in Australia's win in the opening game of the tri-series against New Zealand as he removed both the openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro in the first two deliveries and in his next over, had Tom Bruce caught in the deep.

In the four overs, he conceded just 15 runs as his pace was too much to handle for the Black Caps, who never recovered from the early blows and ended up posting just 117 in their 20 overs.

"You can't really miss him, he's a tall bloke," said Malan.

"He looks a fantastic bowler, swings it when he pitches it up and bowls at good pace.

"I think he is going to be a challenge, but that's the excitement of playing international cricket: you get to come up against guys like that.

"For us it's about trying to put him off his game and finding ways to score off him.

"He might bowl exceptionally but eventually someone might get hold of him and people might work things out."

Earlier, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor admitted that Stanlake spell at the start put New Zealand out of the game early.

"I thought he bowled very well and those were two big wickets with his first two balls set the tone for their innings and our batting," said Taylor after losing to Australia in the opening game.

"He's bowled very well in the Big Bash, it wasn't a quick wicket here but he bowled well with good pace and will be one to watch in the future for sure."

The final of the tri-series will be played in Auckland on 21st February.

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