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My England Test debut
Men's Cap 207
|Born||16th March 1986 (in Canterbury, Kent)||Debut||vs. Oxford UCCE, 2004|
|Years of Service||2004-11, 2014-||Capped||2008 (207)|
|Best Bat||FC: 227, List A: 150*, T20: 127||Bowl||Right-arm leg-break|
|Best Bowl||FC: 4-36, List A: 4-35, T20: 4-19||Shirt Sponsor||Redec Limited (Vitality Blast)|
Joe Denly was the first Canterbury-born cricketer to be capped by the club in 2008. The right-hander is widely regarded as one of the most attractive strokemakers on the county circuit.
In the shorter form of the game he attacks from the outset, making the most of the powerplay overs and in championship cricket he has the ability to bat through an innings. Denly spent three seasons at Middlesex before returning to the club in 2015.
He improved his career-best score in 2016 with a double-hundred against Northamptonshire and bettered it again with 227 at Worcester in the following season. 2017 was a golden year for Denly (but not so golden as 2018 turned out to be): he scored more than 1,800 runs in all formats and was the top scorer in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Denly played a part in three club records: sharing a club record of 382 with Sean Dickson in the Championship before hitting the top individual T20 score of 127 at Chelmsford in a world record T20 opening stand of 207 with Daniel Bell-Drummond. His exploits earned him the 2017 Spitfire Player and Batsman of the Year awards.
In 2018, Denly became the first player to ever score a century and take a hat-trick in the same T20 fixture, away at Surrey in the Vitality Blast. The end of the 2018 saw Denly scoop up the PCA’s Vitality Blast and Royal London One Day Cup Most Valuable Player Awards, as well as the overall 2018 County MVP Award.
His form in 2018 earned him a maiden England Test call-up that winter, becoming the first male player born in Canterbury to play a Test for England.
He featured in every 2019 Ashes Test match, contributing a 50 in Ben Stokes’ Test at Headingley, and a career top score of 94 in the last Test as England secured a 2-2 draw.
In 2021, Denly became one of two players to have won a T20 trophy twice as a Kent player, taking best figures of 3-31 against Somerset in the final on the way to victory, dismissing Tom Banton without scoring in his first over.
England, England Lions, England Under-19s, London Spirit, Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex
Barisal Burners (Bangladesh), Brisbane Heat (Australia), Brothers Union (Bangladesh), Dhaka Dynamites (Bangladesh), Karachi Kings (Pakistan), Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Lahore Qalandars (Pakistan), Multan Sultans (Pakistan), Sydney Sixers (Australia)