England vs New Zealand: Joe Denly Ruled Out From Rest Of T20I Series Because Of Ankle Injury
England’s opening batsman Joe Denly will miss the five-match T20I series against New Zealand because of an ankle injury. He picked up the injury during the practice session prior to the first T20I match. Denly was replaced by debutant Lewis Gregory though he didn’t get the chance to bat in the first match.
Lastly, Joe Denly played for England in the Ashes 2019 where he scored 312 runs in the five-match Test series. The ongoing T20I series against New Zealand was a golden chance for the player. He has sustained ligament damage in the right ankle because of which he has been ruled out from the rest of the T20I series.
Joe Denly will start a rehabilitation programme
The player is also in the squad for the longer format of this tour. Denly will be accepted to play the two-match Test series against New Zealand.
Denly ‘will now start a rehabilitation programme and will be routinely assessed ahead of the two-match Test series’ according to an ECB spokesperson.
Meanwhile, England registered the victory in the first T20I match against New Zealand in Christchurch. England won the toss and opted to bowl. New Zealand set the target of 154 runs (153/5).
It was an easy task for England as they scored the target at the loss of only three wickets. New Zealand bowler Mitchell Santner was the only bowler to pick three wickets of the visitors. England won the match by seven wickets. The teams will head to play the second T20I match in Wellington.
Both the teams are tough rivals as they have not forgotten the ICC World Cup 2019 final. Nobody can forget the unfair rule which had taken away the trophy from New Zealand’s hand. They are fighting for the first time after the mega event.
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