Joe Denly, England middle-order batsman, has admitted that he probably got caught up in the ‘survival mode’ after not being able to convert his starts into substantial knocks, adding that he should have adopted a more free-flowing approach to his game.
Denly, who started the Test summer as England’s designated No.3, was dropped after he once again failed to convert his start into a big score. The right-hander registered scores of 18 and 29in the opening Test against the West Indies in Southampton. The Test match was just another example of how Denly failed to consolidate his starts into an innings of substance during his 15 Test career, where he averages a measly 29.53, with his highest score being 94.
“Looking back I could have been a bit more free-flowing and taken it to the bowlers a bit more. I probably got caught up in batting time, not scoring runs, and that built up a bit too much pressure on myself. Before you know it, you’re back in the shed.” Joe Denly was quoted as saying by PTI.
‘Absolutely gutted’- Joe Denly on his omission from the England Test team
Denly admitted he was ‘absolutely gutted’ following his axing from the Test side but he believes it was the right decision, give the fact that he failed to capitalize on his chances.
“Absolutely gutted, disappointed. But it was a fair decision. I had opportunities to get big scores and looking back that’s the most frustrating thing. “I haven’t been able to capitalize and get three or four big hundreds and really make that No3 spot my own. I always felt comfortable, never out of my depth. It’s frustration with myself.” Joe Denly added.