England v West Indies: Joe Denly left out of second Test

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England v West Indies: Joe Denly left out of second Test


Joe Denly was bowled by Shannon Gabriel in the first innings in Southampton
England v West Indies, second Test
Venue:Emirates Old TraffordDate:16-20 July
Coverage:Live Test Match Special radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, highlights on BBC Two at 19:00 (19:15 on Saturday), live text commentary on BBC Sport website and app.

England have dropped batsman Joe Denly and rested pace bowlers James Anderson and Mark Wood for the second Test against West Indies.

All-rounder Sam Curran and uncapped Sussex fast bowler Ollie Robinson have been named in a 13-man squad.

Denly, 34, averages 29.53 in 15 matches, and was out for 18 and 29 in the first Test loss in Southampton.

Captain Joe Root returns at Emirates Old Trafford and will bat at four, with Zak Crawley moving up to number three.

Root missed the first Test following the birth of his second child.

The squad for the second Test, which begins on Thursday, means pace bowler Stuart Broad is in line for a recall after being omitted in favour of Anderson, Wood and Jofra Archer in Southampton.

With England playing six Tests in the space of seven weeks, their fast bowlers were always likely to be rotated, with Chris Woakes also coming into contention to play in Manchester.

Robinson, 26, has taken 236 wickets in 56 first-class matches at an average of 22.33, and was part of the England Lions team that defeated Australia A down under earlier this year.

England squad for second Test against West Indies:Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey) Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

Kent’s Denly made his Test debut against West Indies at the beginning of 2019 and has since batted everywhere in England’s top four.

He made his highest score of 94 in the fifth Test against Australia last summer, but has not passed 38 in his past eight innings.

It can be argued that Denly has brought some solidity to the England batting – only Root and Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne have faced more deliveries in Test cricket since he made his debut.

However, he repeatedly fails to capitalise on good starts. From 28 innings, he has reached double figures on 24 occasions, but gone on to make only six half-centuries.

“Over a period of time Joe has done a brilliant job for us,” said Root. “He has helped show the identity of our side, how we want to play moving forward. He has laid the platform for guys behind to go on and make big scores.

“He’ll be as frustrated as anyone that he’s not been able to convert those opportuni

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