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Sydney Sixers sign Joe Denly

05 January 2018

The Sydney Sixers have signed Joe Denly as the replacement for Jason Roy, who will depart the Sixers after the match in Hobart on Monday for England ODI commitments.

Denly, who plays for Kent in the ECB’s County cricket competition, is an opening bat who has played five T20 Internationals for England and 162 T20’s at the domestic level.

In 2017, he was the top run scorer in the NatWest T20 Blast tournament and holds the top T20 individual score of 127, as well as scoring over 1,800 runs at all levels of County cricket and taking home the Kent Player of the Year and Batsman of the Year awards.

He will join the Sixers next week ahead of the Sydney Smash against the Sydney Thunder at the SCG and will aim to bring some fire power to the top order.

Head Coach Greg Shipperd said Denly’s local knowledge and bowling ability provided some handy options.

“The Sixers welcome Joe Denly into their fold as a replacement player for Jason Roy,” he said.

“Joe has enjoyed a great past two T20 competitions as a leading run scorer in the English domestic competition and more recently a successful season in the Bangladesh league.

“We will be looking forward to his introduction as one of our top order batsman who can also bowl leg spin.

“Joe also a strong reputation as a fieldsman and last season played here in Sydney so he understands our conditions and we wish him every success as we search for a strong finish in our remaining matches.”

Denly has spent four summers playing Premier Cricket in Sydney, all with the Sydney Cricket Club, who he will join for tomorrow’s one day match against Parramatta at Old Kings Oval.

The 31-year-old will remain with the Sixers until the conclusion of the BBL tournament, before joining his Kent teammates in the West Indies for a training camp.