Malan eyes 50-over World Cup dream after defiant England century against Australia

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Dawid Malan hopes he can make up for his T20 World Cup Final absence by forcing his way into England's ICC Men's World Cup plans despite defeat against Australia on Thursday.

The top-order batsman was a member of Jos Buttler's title-winning squad earlier this month, but was ruled out of the final through injury.

With several first-choice names rested for the ODI opener against their hosts in Adelaide however, the Yorkshire all-rounder flourished with a score of 134, even as England fell to a six-wicket loss.

Buttler will look to defend England's 50-over World Cup success next year following triumph in 2019, and Malan hopes his emphatic response on his return can help him push his name into the conversation.

"To get to the T20 World Cup final and be ruled out was gutting, so to come here, prove my fitness and score a hundred was extremely satisfying," he stated.

"I think it's always important to score runs. I think 50 overs is probably my strongest format, but it's hard to get into the team with how guys have performed the last couple of years.

"But if I keep doing what I'm doing, I might be part of that squad."

Australia captain Pat Cummins was delighted to see his side bounce back from T20 World Cup disappointment, where the hosts failed to reach the semi-final stage.

"England are always a strong team," he told Test Match Special. "It's nice for us to get back out there and make amends, remind ourselves we are still a very good team despite being disappointed."

The pair meet again on Saturday in the second of three ODIs, before they resume hostilities in The Ashes in the new year.