Fit Denly fires in England's NZ tour game

Ruben Hill
November 19, 2019

Returning from ankle ligament damage that threatened to rule him out of the entire tour, Denly registered a battling 68 to lead a recovery after England had lurched to 105 for 5 against New Zealand A in Whangarei.

England, who had resumed Saturday morning on 26-1, saw captain Joe Root and vice-captain Ben Stokes dismissed for single figures within six balls of each other.

Denly, who has notched up half-centuries in each of the last three Tests, added: "When I first did my ankle it was touch and go whether I'd be fit for this game".

Sibley had been hit on the helmet by Kyle Jamieson when in no sort of position, neither ducking nor defending: "at 6' 3" he makes a large target and can expect to be barraged at Mount Maunganui on Thursday.

Buttler, taking over from Jonny Bairstow as wicketkeeper, tucked into a flagging attack later in the day to take England past their opponents' total amid a flurry of boundaries.

All three contributed important runs to settle into their roles following a top-order collapse on a pitch England's bowlers had found unresponsive the day before.

Kuggeleijn took the trap to fire Pope and then also expelled Curran late as he entered the side as a concussion replacement for Hamish Rutherford: Rutherford retired after being hit by Archer while hitting New Zealand on the first day.

Denly's eventful innings came to a tame conclusion when he pulled Tickner to Mitchell at midwicket but Pope identified a wonderful ally in Buttler, who acquired off the mark by smashing spinner Ajaz Patel for 6, a single of three maximums he strike.

Buttler added more runs with Sam Curran (13) and Jofra Archer (17th) once Pope perished in the depths looking to hit Patel for a long time.

He will attempt to bring up what would be only his sixth first-class hundred on Sunday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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