Joe Denly also known as “No Pants” or “Danners” or “Joey” is a product of the Kent youth system. He played for Kent at every level before making a debut for the senior side against Oxford University in 2004. In 2005 he made his County Championship debut against Gloucestershire following which he was offered a contract extension by Kent. After a blistering Under-19 tour of India he sent a timely reminder to the English selectors about his performances. He was named captain of the Kent Second XI and the ECB Development of Excellence XI team and he successfully led the team and scored heavily for them.
In the 2006/07 after the departure of Kent's regular opener, Denly got his chance and he grabbed the opportunities with both hands. His consistent performances for Kent at the top of the order caught the eye of the England Selectors and he was named in the England Lions squad to face the touring India side in 2007. He continued to perform for Kent in the shorter formats of the game and kept himself in the frame for the national side call-up. It was in 2009 after a consistent and successful Friends Provident Trophy he was called up to the England squad for the ODI series against Australia. He wasn't able to replicate his domestic form, failing to find consistency and was unable to cement his place in the ODI line-up. In 2011 he moved on from his childhood club Kent to newly promoted Middlesex.