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Dawid Malan feared he would never make international debut

England hero Dawid Malan feared that he would never get the chance to grace the international arena.

Malan produced a match-winning performance in the NatWest International Series decider against South Africa on Sunday -- his 78 from 44 balls making him England’s highest-ever scorer on Twenty20 debut.

"I didn't think this day would come," Malan said.

"I actually had a chat about two-and-a-half months ago with Adam after the North v South games which I contributed really well to.

"Then they (England) rested a few players for the Ireland matches.

"I spoke to Adam (Voges) and said ‘Look, I don’t know what else I can do. I can only score so many runs in the games that I’m given’. He gave me a few tips as he was in the same position with regards to Test cricket in Australia.

"He was a late bloomer so he told me what he did. Fortunately I was given another chance and I took it."

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