Joe Denley replaces injured Liam Dawson for England as Chris Woakes reveals his own fitness struggles

Joe Denly has been handed an sudden probability to renew his England one-day profession greater than 9 years after his final cap, following an harm to Liam Dawson.

Denly’s call-up comes after sluggish left-armer Dawson was dominated out of the remaining three ODI’s towards Sri Lanka as properly as a stand-alone Twenty20.

He sustained a proper facet pressure whereas serving to England to a 1-Zero lead in Dambulla on Saturday and can now fly residence slightly than proceed urgent his case for a spot at subsequent summer time’s World Cup.

While Dawson muses on the misfortune of breaking down on one of many few journeys the place England countenance enjoying three spinners, the resurgent Denly is making ready to grab an unlikely alternative having made the final of his 9 50-over appearances in October 2009.

Joe Denley final represented England in 2009 (Getty)

The 32-year-old was already resulting from be a part of the tour for the three-match Test sequence, his first, however will now arrive in Kandy on Wednesday morning, a matter of hours earlier than the third match of the sequence.

When he final wore the Three Lions, Denly was a specialist top-order batsman whose wrist-spin was thought-about strictly part-time – though his solitary over on the worldwide stage did yield the wicket of South Africa captain Graeme Smith.

Yet his bowling has come on to such an extent, with 57 wickets in all codecs for Kent final summer time, that he has been requested to fill Dawson’s boots.

The Hampshire man’s harm was not the one unwelcome information at nets on Monday, with a cobra found by groundstaff lurking close to the pavilion on the picturesque Pallekele Stadium.

If that went largely unnoticed by the squad as they went about their drills, selector James Taylor the one one among the many touring occasion to witness the serpent’s secure assortment in a sack, their team-mate’s unhealthy information didn’t.

“It’s a bit of a shame for Daws. The big thing about him is that he’s a brilliant team man,” stated all-rounder Chris Woakes.

“He’s been out and in for fairly some time and hasn’t had many alternatives to play. Now, when he appears to be like like he’s going to be a shoo-in for that third spinner’s position, he sadly will get a little bit of a niggle. He’ll be as pissed off as anybody.

“Hopefully, it is not too bad and he can play a part moving forward. He deserves his opportunities.”

Chris Woakes has determined towards enjoying in Australia’s Big Bash League (Getty)

Woakes can also be conscious about his own fitness forward of an enormous 12 months that sees England host not solely the World Cup however an Ashes sequence.

The Warwickshire man struggled with accidents all through the home season, lacking all the white-ball summer time, and has determined towards searching for a profitable deal in Australia’s Big Bash League after the Sri Lanka journey.

“I had a few discussions but I’m having December off,” he stated.

“The ECB were open to guys getting cricket. These franchise tournaments can make you a hell of a better cricketer. With the year ahead and the year I’ve had with the odd niggle it’s not going to be for me.”

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