THE “OTHER” ENGLISHMAN
Joe Denly (Sydney Sixers)
Allrounder, right-hand bat/right-arm legspin
The presence of Joe Root and Jos Buttler at the Sydney Thunder will grab headlines; however, neither might be the most important Englishman to play in the BBL this season, and might not even be the most important in Sydney. Denly arrived at the winless Sixers midway through BBL|07, and had he arrived earlier, the course of the SCG-based franchise’s season might have been different – they didn’t lose with the Kent stalwart opening the batting. A standout performer in the English T20 leagues – he’s the only player to have scored a century and taken a hat-trick in the same match – the 32-year-old earned a Test squad call-up for
England’s tour of Sri Lanka.