Joe Denly has been unfortunate to cement place whenever given chance. Although he has enjoyed immense success in domestic cricket and T20 leagues worldwide, he has failed to adjust to international cricket. Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has named the reason why Denly has failed to survive in the team.
Pietersen has blamed England’s team management for Joe Denly’s downfall. The latter earned the call from the national team in 2009 but was dropped after playing just 9 ODIs and 5 T20Is as he failed to produce any noteworthy performance. However, Denly again toiled hard in domestic cricket and earned the call in the Test team at the age of 32.
He made the Test debut against West Indies in 2019 but has struggled to create an impact. He also found himself in the trap in the first Test match against West Indies.
The top-order batsman scored 18 and 29 in the two innings and gave up his wickets easily. He was dropped from the second Test after Joe Root‘s return.
It’s truly abysmal: Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen has scored 8181 Tests runs at 47.28 for England has tagged team management for Joe Denly’s degrading performance. As per him, Denly is an attacking batsman but he has been forced to change his style. He termed it as atrocious for mishandling a player.
“The way that Joe Denly has been treated over the last two years, being told by senior management to just try and face 100 balls, is atrocious,” Pietersen wrote on ‘BetWay.
“I’d definitely like to see him be given the opportunity to go out and bat freely. If that doesn’t work then he’s not good enough for Test-match cricket. Good night,” he said.
“But you can’t tell him to change his ways, just face 100 balls, and then drop him because he doesn’t do it. It’s truly abysmal.”
Joe Denly has played 15 Test matches and scored 827 runs at an average of 29.54.