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Injured Joe Denly ruled out of New Zealand T20Is
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Injured Joe Denly ruled out of New Zealand T20Is

Joe Denly has been ruled out of the remainder of the T20I series against New Zealand after he sustained ligament damage to his right ankle during practice before the first match.

The all-rounder did not feature in the opening game of the series where James Vince's emphatic half-century drove England to a commandeering seven-wicket win.

The Kent batsman "will now start a rehabilitation program and will be routinely assessed ahead of the two-match Test series against the Black Caps starting on November 21" according to the ECB release.

The presence of several top-order batsmen in the squad means England have decided not to call up a replacement for the T20Is.

Denly, who was overlooked for selection in the World Cup, obtained a white-ball contract earlier this year and would be hoping to find a permanent spot in the T20I squad ahead of the 20-over showpiece event in Australia next year.

The 33-year-old has achieved more success in the Test format as he racked up three fifties in the Ashes including a career-best 94 at The Oval.

The second T20I between the two World Cup finalists will take place in Wellington on Sunday.