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Ashton Agar got Hales out caught and bowled.

Graeme Swann wasn't happy with what Dawid Malan did for Alex Hales' wicket vs Australia

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It's fair to say Dawid Malan won't have been counting on too many pats on the back in the England dressing room despite his half-century against Australia.

Alex Hales has had a mixed tour Down Under so far, managing just one 50 in the ODI series, which England won 4-1 to offset some of the bitterness that remains from a woeful Ashes series.

And so, to the T20s, where Hales was looking to overcome a hand injury to finally find some form.

The Nottinghamshire opener was disappointed once again, however, as he made just 22 before being caught and bowled by Ashton Agar.

Malan played no small part in his dismissal, allowing the left-armer to dip in behind him to take the wicket.

On the one hand, Hales' shot was poor - he scooped it to a convenient height and failed to get any pace on it.

However, Graeme Swann lambasted Malan for not standing in the bowler's way.

Take a look at the incident below:

"He absolutely has to do more...He hasn't done anything for his partner there," Swann said on BT Sport.

"He's not tried his hardest. All he has to do, he doesn't have to move out the way there.

Swann was furious 

"He can just stand his ground, Agar can't catch it. He's sold his partner down the garden path there."

Perhaps Swann is being a little unfair, as mild-mannered Malan had just a split second to make a decision and he can't be blamed entirely - he also may have been avoiding getting out for obstruction. 

Yet, several fans agreed that Hales hadn't exactly been helped by his team-mate:

Neither Eoin Morgan (22), Jos Buttler (5), or Sam Billings (10) made much impact - with the latter also falling to Agar, caught and bowled.

England were still ticking along nicely at that stage in spite of that, and it has to be said they were in a comfortable position partly thanks to Malan's performance with the bat.

Middlesex's big hitter was ultimately undone by a combination of Andrew Tye and Glenn Maxwell as he searched for the boundary.

Do you blame Malan for Hales' wicket? Have your say in the comments. 

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