Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Give Denly a Chance to Be New KP; with Pietersen out of the One-Dayers, Selectors Call Up the In-Form Kent Batsman to Squad for the First Time. by David Lloyd

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Give Denly a Chance to Be New KP; with Pietersen out of the One-Dayers, Selectors Call Up the In-Form Kent Batsman to Squad for the First Time. by David Lloyd

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Byline: David Lloyd

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JOE DENLY is to be the next batsman out of the blocks for England after he was today named in three separate limited-over international squads.

Little more than hours after confirming that Jonathan Trott will face Australia at the Brit Oval in this week's deciding Ashes Test, the selectors have identified Kent opener Denly as the player to fill Kevin Pietersen's shoes -- or at least try to -- when it comes to one-day cricket.

With Pietersen out of the equation until this winter's tour of South Africa after recently suffering a setback in his recovery from Achilles tendon surgery, England believe the time is right for the uncapped -year-old Denly to step forward for the first time.

The dashing young batsman will go to Belfast next week for a one-day international against Ireland and he also features in the squad for two Twenty internationals against Australa.

But the big prize for Denly is to be part of the squad that will tackle the Aussies in a seven-match NatWest Series next month and then go straight on to South Africa for the Champions Trophy.

"Joe has impressed us with some excellent performances in one-day cricket and, with Kevin Pietersen unavailable, this is an excellent opportunity for him to step up to the next level and show what he is capable of," said national selector Geoff Miller.

Denly averaged above in this season's Friends Provident Trophy competition and has formed an exciting opening partnership with Rob Key at Kent. Once again, though, there is no place for Key in England's plans.

Talked about as a candidate for this week's Test but ignored, the county captain has even fallen out of the Twenty squad -- despite being a member of England's party for the World Twenty a couple of months ago.

Although Andrew Flintoff's name appears in all of today's squads, his involvement in any of the limited-over matches between now and October hinge on how his fragile right knee stands up to this week's Ashes battle. …

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