England opener Dawid Malan silences critics with thrilling century against New Zealand

Dawid Malan of England stated after his team defeated New Zealand by 100 runs on Friday that he was happy to silence his detractors.

At Lord's, Jos Buttler's squad defeated the Black Caps for 211 runs after scoring 9-311 from their 50 overs to take a 3-1 series victory.

Malan was selected last month to play for England in the World Cup, which will begin in India the following month.

But several commentators argued that rising gun Harry Brook was pushing for inclusion, endangering his position in the world champions' team.

Malan, who was crowned player-of-the-series following three innings with scores of 54, 96, and 127, said it felt good to succeed.

When I got the call to say I was going to the World Cup, there was clearly some commotion beforehand. 

But that is a given at World Cups and when playing cricket professionally, he remarked.

"Until you board the aircraft, you can't really tell if you're there or not.

"Silenceing those people who always have something unpleasant to say is satisfying from my perspective, but my job is to score runs.

"As long as I can keep doing that, hopefully I can keep the support from the changing room because I always felt that from the guys that matter inside there."

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