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He's Just Not Good Enough: Michael Vaughan Blasts Joe Denly

England number three Joe Denly has been struggling with the bat for quite some time now, and the major problem lies in him being not able to convert the starts he gets. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan feels that the team should move him "to one side", according to a report in BBC.

Cricketnext Staff |July 12, 2020, 9:44 AM IST
He's Just Not Good Enough: Michael Vaughan Blasts Joe Denly

England number three Joe Denly has been struggling with the bat for quite some time now, and the major problem lies in him being not able to convert the starts he gets. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan feels that the team should move him "to one side", according to a report in BBC.

Denly's dismissal for 29 against West Indies on Saturday meant that he has eight innings now, without reaching the score of 40. For the next Test, either Zak Crawley or Denly will make way for Joe Root.

"England have a decision to make on Denly. Crawley surely has to stay in the side," Vaughan told BBC Sport.

Denly averages 29.53 in 15 Tests since making his debut in 2019. His highest score is 94 against Australia last summer.

"Joe Denly played the way he has played in all of his 15 Tests," said Vaughan. "It's been the same story. He did the hard yards then made a mistake."

On the other side, Crawley made a strong statement who scored 76. "It's not even a conversation," said Vaughan, who captained England in 51 of his 82 Tests.

"You could argue that Denly was very lucky to have played 15 Test matches. There are a lot of players who have played only eight Tests and got hundreds.

"He has missed his chance and they have to stick with Crawley. I'm sorry for Denly - he's just not good enough."

As to who would get replaced in the side -- to this Crawley said, "That's not my place to say," Crawley said. "My job is to score runs, and that is what I will try to continue to do as long as I get a chance.

"It is for the powers that be to decide. Joe has done extremely well over the past year and it's a tough scenario."

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