Salt set to get the nod for T20 World Cup semi-final against India amid Malan injury doubt

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Phil Salt set to get the nod to bat at No 3 for England in T20 World Cup semi-final against India despite Dawid Malan being confident of overcoming a groin strain

  • Malan was on Monday still quietly confident of overcoming a groin strain 
  • But England are unlikely to risk a recurrence in a World Cup semi-final
  • And Salt is set to come in at No 3 for his first game of the tournament 

England are ready to throw Phil Salt straight into a Twenty20 World Cup semi-final, with time running out for Dawid Malan to prove his fitness.

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Even though Malan was on Monday said to still be quietly confident of overcoming a groin strain in time to face India at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, England are unlikely to risk a recurrence in such a big game. 

That means the big-hitting Salt coming in at No 3 for his first game of the tournament in front of a packed crowd full of India supporters.

Big-hitting Phil Salt is set to come in at No 3 for his first game of the tournament

England will consider strengthening their death bowling — and fielding — with a call-up for Chris Jordan, but it is Salt who is set to get the nod to try to bolster batting that has not been at its best in this World Cup.

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He has been unlucky not to feature before now, particularly after making an unbeaten 88 off 41 balls in England’s eight-wicket victory in the sixth of seven T20 internationals against Pakistan at the end of September.

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