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Nasser Hussain applauds Joe Denly
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Nasser Hussain applauds Joe Denly

The former English cricketer Nasser Hussain praised the Kent-based batsman Joe Denly who provided England with a sound platform against New Zealand in the 1st Test match as the right-handed batsman scored a well-made 74. His classical innings accumulated 181 deliveries which included 8 boundaries and a six.

Nasser Hussain has praised Joe Denly, stating that “he has looked a Test cricketer” after the Kent batsman gave England a platform to build from against New Zealand. “When he was first picked, I thought, 'isn't that a backward step? Hasn't he had his time? Aren't there younger players we can start introducing?',” Hussain said.

“Then I saw him bat in the Caribbean and he had a real rhythm to his batting. He doesn't look frenetic, he looks composed. He did well against Australia in the summer against a good attack, albeit that there was one area where he looked vulnerable against the short ball and then he'd have a big booming drive. It's rare I've seen him and thought, 'he doesn't seem like an international cricketer' so that is a real tick for the selectors. He has looked a Test cricketer.” Hussain added.