Former England captain Michael Vaughan says that the team’s middle-order batsman Joe Denly is not good enough to play for the national team. Denly, who has thus far played 15 Test matches, has scored 827 runs at an average of 29.53. Vaughan reckons that Denly is lucky to have played 15 Test matches for the team as he has not grabbed his chances. The right-hander has scored six fifties and he is yet to score a century.
Denly returned with scores of 18 and 29 in the first Test match against the West Indies, which England lost by four wickets at Ageas Bowl, Southampton. The Kent batsman got off to starts in both the innings but failed to convert his score into a substantial one.
The right-hander has had his issues against the incoming delivery and he was cleaned by Shannon Gabriel in the first innings. In fact, the right-hander has had his woes against the ball coming back in. Furthermore, Denly once again could not get a big score after he had a soft dismissal in the second innings. Hence, he hasn’t been able to grab his chances.
Joe Denly hasn’t made most of his opportunities
On the other hand, 21-year old batsman Zak Crawley has made a case for himself. The lanky batsman played a fine knock of 76 runs in the second innings and looked confident in his approach.
Vaughan added some of the England players who even scored a century were dropped before playing 15 Test matches as they were not consistent. Denly has let go of the opportunities and the team might move away from him.
“It’s not even a conversation,” Vaughan told BBC Sport.
“You could argue that Denly was very lucky to have played 15 Test matches. There are a lot of players who have played only eight Tests and got hundreds.
“He has missed his chance and they have to stick with Crawley. I’m sorry for Denly – he’s just not good enough.”
“England has a decision to make on Denly. Crawley surely has to stay in the side,” added Vaughan.
With England full-time captain Joe Root to return back to the side, it is expected that Denly will be dropped for the second Test match and Crawley will get his chance. Stuart Broad is also expected to play the second Test in place of Mark Wood.
The second Test match will take place at Old Trafford, Manchester from July 16.