English professional player Joe Denly will play for Kent
Kent Cricket Director Paul Downton is pleased with Denly’s renewal of his contract with the club until the end of the 2023 county season.
Joe Denly, known as a high profile batsman, has renewed his contract with the club “Kent”, for which he played superbly in 2004. At the age of 35, Denly remains a professional in his field, and the director of the Kent cricket team speaks of him as a splendid role model for young players. Joe played for the Brisbane Heat during the winter in the Big Bash League, Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition. And later this year, he plans to return to Australia with the England squad for the 2021-22 Ashes. To do this, he will need to try very hard in the championship, scoring for Kent in order to get the coveted Test recall.
2019 foreshadowed success for Denley. He scored 94 points against Australia at The Oval in his final innings of the 2019 Ashes series. Shortly thereafter, his scores dropped, but were still impressive: he scored 74 and 35 points in his next test against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. However, over the next 10 innings, his highest score remained stable at 50. He also lost after the first Test of last summer’s streak against the West Indies. On the official website of the club, Downton said that England’s loss should be a win for Kent.
Paul Downton shared such warm words towards Denly on the club’s website:
“Joe has become the natural leader of our batting line-up and a calming influence in the dressing room. He brought the same calmness to the England top order, particularly during the 2019 Ashes. Joe has a huge role to play at Kent as a proven run scorer and a mentor to our crop of talented young batsmen.”
Kent has a 10/1 to win the 2021 County Championship and England has 11/4 to beat Australians’ 8/15 in this winter’s Ashes series.