Kent batsman Joe Denly is hoping to seize his chance in the England Test team after being named in the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka. The 32-year-old has been selected alongside Surrey opener Rory Burns and Warwickshire paceman Olly Stone as one of three uncapped players for next month’s tour.
Denly has previous international experience in ODI and Twenty20 cricket although the last of those appearances came in the shortest form of the game over eight years ago.
The right-hander has tended to bat in the middle order for his county this season, but with Alastair Cook having retired from international cricket and his fellow opener Keaton Jennings struggling for form, there could well be an opening for him at the top of the order.
The former Middlesex man believes his flexibility is one of the main reasons he has been called up and he is happy to come in wherever he is required.
“I’ve batted in all positions and I think that’s probably helped my selection,” Denly told Sky Sports. “I started my career as an opening bat and moved down to number three; I’ve batted at number four as well.
“I think that’s what I’ve got to do; I’ve got to prepare to bat in all those positions and, hopefully, if selected in a game I can take that chance at whatever number that is.”