Joe Denly Replaces Injured Liam Dawson in England ODI Squad

England have added batting all-rounder Joe Denly to their ODI squad that is currently touring Sri Lanka. He will come into the side as a replacement to the injured all-rounder Liam Dawson. Denly was due to arrive to Sri Lanka as part of their Test Squad next week but the injury to Dawson implies he is landing in Sri Lanka much earlier than expected previously!

All-rounder Dawson injured himself during the 2nd ODI match in Dambulla against Sri Lanka while bowling and aggravated it further during the game. If the reports around the social media are to be believed, Dawson will have to sit out of the game for over a month to recover from this side injury.

Dawson did not bowl a single delivery in the first ODI of the series against Sri Lanka while in the second ODI he bowled 6 overs and picked up the wicket of Kusal Perera. This injury has probably put an end to his 2019 World Cup hopes as well. Performances from Denly could hurt Dawson’s chance of a return to the side after recovering.

Joe Denly

Young players from England have now been currently fighting to book a place in the World Cup 2019 squad and if Joe Denly gets a chance in this ODI series, I am sure he too won’t let it go wasted! Denly, who is yet to make his international debut for England, averages just over 36 with the bat in List-A format and can bowl right-arm leg breaks too.

Joe Denly might not reach Sri Lanka in time to feature in the 3rd ODI as this announcement was only made on Monday (Oct 15). England’s recent sensation Sam Curran might get a place in the playing XI as a replacement to Dawson for now.


The first ODI of the five match series in Series had been abandoned due to rain and England managed to win the rain-marred second ODI with the help of DLS method. Both the first two ODIs were played in Dambulla while the action now moves to Pallekele where third and fourth ODIs of the series will be played. The third ODI will be played on Wednesday (Oct 17) and the fourth ODI on Saturday (Oct 20).

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