Joe Denly gets England one-day squad call – three weeks after shock Test selection

ENGLAND have called Joe Denly into the one-day squad just three weeks after his shock Test selection.

The Kent all-rounder will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow to replace injured Hampshire left-arm spinner Liam Dawson.

It is the first time Denly has been involved in 50-over matches for England since 2009, when he played the last of his nine one-day internationals.

Dawson was ruled out of the rest of England’s white-ball tour after hurting his right side while bowling in the second one-day international in Dambulla on Saturday.

He carried on bowling but the pain increased overnight and yesterday medics decided he would not be able to play in the remaining three one-dayers and one T20 match.

For Denly, it completes a remarkable few weeks in which he was called into England’s squad for the first time for the three-Test series here. He will fight with the likes of Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns for a place at the top of the order in the starting XI.

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Joe Denly won three county awards at the at the Professional Cricketers’ Association dinnerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The all-rounder offers options with both bat and ballCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He swept the board at the Professional Cricketers’ Association dinner this month when he won three county awards.

Denly, 32, is not a like-for-like replacement for Dawson as he is a mainly a batsman — but he also bowls useful wrist-spin that works well in white-ball cricket.

All-rounder Chris Woakes said: “It’s a shame for Daws but the big thing about him is that he’s a brilliant team man. When he looked like he’s going to be a shoo-in for that third spinner’s role, he gets a niggle. He’ll be as frustrated as anyone.

“Hopefully, it is not too bad and he can play a part moving forward.

“He’s great to have around the squad, he’s been brilliant and he deserves his opportunities.”

Fast bowler Liam Plunkett, who missed the start of the tour as he was getting married, is due to arrive here today.

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