England batsman Dawid Malan says he is ready for the challenge of facing Australian paceman Billy Stanlake on Wednesday.

Malan prepared for Stanlake

Malan prepared for Stanlake

England get their Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series underway with a clash against Australia in Hobart and Stanlake will be in action for the home side due to injuries to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who will all miss the series.

Stanlake, at 6ft 8inches, brings his own problems with his 90mph-plus deliveries but Malan is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “You can’t really miss him, he’s a tall bloke. 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.”

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