Joe Denly is a batting all-rounder, and has played for England in all three formats before, cementing himself as a Kent legend in the process.
Joe came through the ranks of the Kent youth system and the England pathway. When a spot in the Kent top-order came avaliable in 2007, Denly took it with both hands. After a prolific start with the bat, the England Lions came calling. The late noughties saw Denly’s senior England career begin with ODI and IT20 appearances.
It would take a little longer for Denly to make his Test debut. However, a prolific run of form came back in the surroundings of Canterbury with a score of 199 against Derbyshire. Interest from other counties intensified and a three year contract with Middlesex was accepted. His time at Lord’s was slightly more streaky and Denly decided to end his contract early to return back down the A2 in 2014.
2018 was a magnificent season with PCA MVP victories in the RL One Day Cup and the T20 Blast. Against Surrey, Denly became the first player in any T20 to score a century and take a hat-trick in the same game. In September 2018, England came calling.
Joe was named in England’s Test squad for the series against Sri Lanka – however due to a late injury Denly was called in the white ball squads in addition. After 3102 days, Denly returned to the international fray with a IT20 appearance on the tour. His test debut followed on the next tour, with a game against the West Indies in early 2019. 15 tests followed, with 6 half centuries – as well as a call up to the provisional squad for England’s successful 2019 World Cup triumph.
A notable international career is not the only experience Denly has outside of England. Joe has experienced the rise of franchise cricket across the globe. The Bangladesh Premier League was his first experience but spells have followed since in the Big Bash, the Pakistan Super League and sale in the 2019 IPL auction. Denly will also debut in the first season of the International League T20 for the Sharjah Warriors.
The Kent legend’s career spans the globe and his impact on the game is clear to see. Versatile across all three disciplines in all three formats, Joe Denly is a true county class act.
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