Already down 2-0 in the five-match series, the visitors were wavering at 131 for four against some fiery pace bowling, but Malan steadied the innings with an unbroken 174-run stand for the fifth wicket alongside Jonny Bairstow (75 not out), England's highest partnership of the series. England overcame the controversial dismissal of opener Mark Stoneman for 56 on a third-umpire decision, and their cause was helped by some generosity from the Australian fielders, who dropped three catches and missed a run out. Malan was one of the chief beneficiaries as the 30-year-old notched his first century in his eighth Test, and England's first hundred of the series.
CENTURY! Dawid Malan pulls Hazlewood to the boundary for a moment he will never forget, reaching three figures from 159 balls with 13 fours and a top-edged six. ? Keep up-to-date with all the action from the WACA with our live #Ashes blog: https://t.co/eqZw4SQ2HP pic.twitter.com/xBDoZk3dlb— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) December 14, 2017
He would have been run out for 32 if David Warner had managed a direct hit, and was dropped by Cameron Bancroft in the slips on 92. He steadied his nerves to notch up his century with a powerful pull shot off Josh Hazlewood, having faced 159 balls in 221 minutes at the crease, hitting 13 fours and one six. Malan came to the crease with England under pressure against short-pitched bowling from Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, and survived early on by chancing his arm against the rising ball.
84 of England's 131 runs have come through boundaries. There have also been two byes that went for four.? England 131/3 Stoneman 56* Malan 12* ?? ? https://t.co/CYV1x2LEle #Ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/4ZEbE7hgli— Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 14, 2017