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Denly in line for England call up

18 September 2018

Sydney Sixers international Joe Denly is on the verge of being called up to the England test squad for their tour of Sri Lanka, according to reports.

Denly, 32, has proven himself throughout Twenty20 leagues around the world– including the Big Bash League. The Sixers star’s flexibility and performance under pressure now has him on the radar of England selectors, according to The Telegraph in the UK.

Scoring nine first-class centuries since the beginning of 2017, Denly is a force to be reckoned with, demonstrated throughout his long-running career. He has been one of the leading batsmen in English county cricket in the last few years, and proved to be a valuable asset within the Sixers squad last season.

Since developing his legspin, Denly has taken 15 first-class wickets at 23.60 this season, a personal best in his career so far. Showing an improvement in his bowling, he has become a highly efficient bowler in the limited overs game.

England selectors reportedly consider Denly to be a beneficial support to their frontline spinners in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Carlos Brathwaite is another Sixers star that has performed at a high standard in recent weeks in the Caribbean Premier League.

Despite the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots being defeated by the Trinbago Knight Riders in a tense qualifying final, Brathwaite managed to pick up figures of 1-26 off 4 very economical overs, while also scoring 16 runs in the 20 run defeat.