Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Alex Hoad

Joe Denly says spec­u­la­tion about an Eng­land re­call will not help him main­tain his sparkling form.

Denly passed 1,500 runs for the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions on Sun­day with his knock of 68 from just 50 balls against Glam­or­gan at Can­ter­bury.

The 31-year-old now has 367 runs in nine South Group knocks – more than any­one else in the coun­try – at an av­er­age of 46 and his form has sparked talk of an in­ter­na­tional re­call nearly eight years af­ter the last of his 14 Eng­land white-ball ap­pear­ances.

For his part, Denly claimed he was not even think­ing about higher hon­ours: “That’s very much in the back of my mind, I like go­ing out to bat with­out that pres­sure and just try to en­joy it as much as I can.

“As soon as I start think­ing about that I prob­a­bly won’t score any runs... I’m just look­ing for­ward and if it comes, it comes.”

Denly also has 921 runs in the Cham­pi­onship at an av­er­age of 61 and added 163 more in the earl­y­sea­son Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup cam­paign.

He said: “I’m see­ing it all right at the minute. I’m en­joy­ing my bat­ting and that’s the main thing – just go­ing out with­out putting too much pres­sure on my­self and just en­joy­ing it ev­ery time,

“It seems to be go­ing well and I’m look­ing for­ward to the next game. You’ve got to make the most of it when you’re hit­ting the ball well and try to score as many runs as you can be­cause there’s al­ways a good ball around the cor­ner and a few low scores, so I’m cer­tainly en­joy­ing this lit­tle pur­ple patch.”

He added: “I don’t think there’s any­thing tech­ni­cally which I’ve changed.

“I’m clearer on what works for me. I like to keep it pretty sim­ple, I’m not one to go out and play all th­ese re­verse sweeps.”

De­spite Denly’s hero­ics at the Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence, Kent fell 25 runs short chas­ing Glam­or­gan’s 199-2 and he said: “It was more bit­ter than sweet for me. It was dis­ap­point­ing.

“We were prob­a­bly not at our best with the ball. We prob­a­bly weren’t smart enough with the wind, tar­get­ing dif­fer­ent bound­aries from dif­fer­ent ends.

“They have got a good bat­ting lineup, don’t get me wrong, but it was maybe a lit­tle bit too easy for them at times. It was prob­a­bly 15 or 20 too many to be chas­ing. We had a cou­ple of bat­ters who got go­ing, my­self in­cluded and it’s al­ways frus­trat­ing when you get runs but don’t get your team over the line.”

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