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Joe Denly has played 10 T20 internationals for EnglandEngland’s tour of New ZealandCoverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 4 LW (Tests only), online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app; live text commentary on the BBC Sport websiteJoe Denly has been ruled out of the remainder of England’s…
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|Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 4 LW (Tests only), online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website|
Joe Denly has been ruled out of the remainder of England’s five-match Twenty20 international series against New Zealand because of an ankle injury.
The Kent batsman, 33, sustained ligament damage to his right ankle during practice on Thursday.
As a result, Denly missed the opening match of the series on Friday, which England won by seven wickets.
England have not summoned a replacement at this stage. The next match is in Wellington on Sunday at 01:00 GMT.
Right-hander Denly will stay in New Zealand as he begins a rehabilitation programme before the two-match Test series against the Black Caps, which begins at Mount Maunganui on Thursday, 21 November (22:00 GMT on 20 November).
If fit, Denly – who opened in the last Ashes Test of the summer against Australia – is expected to drop down to number three to allow the uncapped Dominic Sibley to open with Rory Burns.
Brown eyeing T20 World Cup spot
England bowler Pat Brown, who made his debut in the first match on Friday, says he wants to be “impressive enough” in the series to be considered for selection at next year’s T20 World Cup.
The 21-year-old T20 specialist only broke into the Worcester first team in 2017 and is on his first competitive foreign tour after finishing his university studies.
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“I’m very proud to have worn the England colours and made my debut as it’s something that looked out of the question three or four years ago,” said Brown, who dismissed Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor for his first international wicket.
“For now, I want to take every moment in on this tour and learn as much as I can, but in the longer term, everyone in that dressing room has their eye on the T20 World Cup and I am no different.”
Brown bowled his way into prominence in his first full season with the Worcestershire Rapids in 2018, taking 31 wickets in the T20 Blast – the third highest in any T20 competition ever – and played an integral part in his side winning the title that season.
But Peterborough-born Brown is keen to show that he has “more to his game ” than just T20 cricket.
“I’ve done OK in 50-over cricket too and if I can work myself into that then it will be nice, but the red-ball stuff is probably a bit further away but that is not something I have given up on, ” Brown added.
“Most bowlers of a past generation would fear bowling with a white ball but for me it is a format I’ve had more success in and it’s something I enjoy doing and the battle really gets me going.
“It’s a more physical effort than people think – but it is nice to know you’ve only got four overs if you bowl well.”
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