England batsman Joe Denly feared his tour of New Zealand had been ended by the ankle injury which ruled him out of the Twenty20 series against the Black Caps.
Joe Denly silenced any lingering concerns over his fitness with one of England’s three half-centuries on the penultimate day of their final warm-up before the first Test against New Zealand next week.
Joe Root intends to drop back down to four in the Test order for the foreseeable future as he feels England will get more out out of him as a batsman and captain.
Jonny Bairstow will remain with England in New Zealand ahead of the two-Test series as cover for injured top-order batsman Joe Denly.
England were punished for their profligacy in the field as New Zealand levelled the Twenty20 international series at 1-1 with a 21-run victory on a gloriously sunny day in Wellington.
Pat Brown is ready to delve further into his box of tricks as the Twenty20 series against New Zealand progresses, after settling for simplicity on his England debut.
England’s Joe Denly has been ruled out of the rest of the Twenty20 series against New Zealand because of an ankle injury.
Eoin Morgan gave no assurances to Joe Root about a place in England’s side at next year’s T20 World Cup – although the limited-overs captain insists there are few guarantees at this stage.
Australia captain Tim Paine denied his side had let the verbal warfare go too far as England laid the foundations for an Ashes-levelling victory in the final Test.
England set the stage for a series-levelling victory on day three of the final Ashes Test, with new father Joe Denly leading the way with a career-best 94.
England established a potentially match-winning lead of 262 in the final Ashes Test as unbeaten half-centuries from new father Joe Denly and Ben Stokes ground Australia down on day three at The Oval.