Born in Roehampton but brought up in South Africa, Malan - a left-handed batsman who bowls occasional leg-spin - played for Boland during the 2005/06 domestic season.
He was restricted to second XI cricket with Middlesex and Worcestershire - as well as appearances for MCC Young Cricketers - before he made his senior debut for Middlesex in 2006.
That came against Surrey in the Twenty20 Cup, a competition in which he made his name after finally being given a run in the first XI in 2008.
He found fame after hitting a stunning 51-ball century against Lancashire in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final, and finished the competition with 297 runs at an average of 74 to help Middlesex lift the trophy for the first time.
Handed a place in the four-day side, Malan repaid Middlesex’s faith by making an unbeaten 132 on his LV County Championship debut against Northamptonshire at Uxbridge.
He committed his future to the county later in the season by signing a new “long-term" contract.
Malan took part in the inaugural Stanford Super Series which Middlesex qualified for by winning the Twenty20 Cup.
In 2009 he hit 930 runs in 28 Championship innings without reaching three figures once, also capturing seven wickets.
He also failed to notch up any scores of note in the one-day format.