England’s Joe Denly has been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand with his ankle injury. He picked up the injury on Thursday during the practice and won’t play any further part in the limited-overs leg. The England management has not named his replacement yet.
The 33-year-old is also the part of the two Test matches squad which starts on 21 November. Denly has not been discarded from the Test matches of the tour. He will stay in New Zealand for a rehabilitation programme before the two-match Test series.
The right-hander came with his side in New Zealand after helping England to a share the Ashes series this summer. If he recovers from injury he is likely to bat at No. 3 to enable Test captain Joe Root to bat at his No. 4 position. Dominic Sibley is expected to bat as an opener.
England have rested their big names like Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, and Moeen Ali. Joe Denly had the opportunity to porve himself in the absence of those guns.
The second T20I match between New Zealand and England will be played on 03 November at Wellington. Tim Southee’s Blackcaps lead the series 1-0