Four Star Denly!

Need I say more?

Okay then, if you insist!

Welcome back Joe Denly. After 384 matches and eight years in the international wilderness, the Kent all-rounder gate crashed England’s T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo. earlier today. He promptly contributed 20 from 17 with the bat and claimed 4-19 with the ball.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18602/scorecard/1140384/sri-lanka-vs-england-only-t20i-eng-in-sl-2018-19

It was really good to see Denly open the bowling. That’s what he does at domestic level so if it’s performances in that part of the game that got in him in the team then let him perform that role for the national side. It was also good to see England return to winning ways following the fifth ODI debacle. Another failure for Alex Hales however means that his international career stands at a crossroads.

The suggestion is that Denly claimed his wickets with some pretty ordinary deliveries so it remains to be seen whether or not this performance helps his Test cause.

This Article Would Have a Headline if Anything Appropriate Rhymed With Theunis de Bruyn!

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A duck and a cheap run out were how South Africa’s Theunis de Bruyn began his Test career and in truth it hasn’t got much better since… until now! Having been shunted up and down the order in between being dropped and recalled and with South Africa unable to clarify whether he should be an all-rounder at number six, a specialist batsman at number seven, (Yeah that’s right, Jos Buttler wasn’t the first!) de Bruyn has, over the last two days, suggested he might actually be a Test match number three.

Nothing endears a player to me more that woeful ineptness combined with being mishandled. Just 133 runs in eleven innings meant that I’ve been desperate for de Bruyn to demonstrate his class and oh how he did it in Colombo. He did so as experienced teammates around him floundered however one who didn’t was Temba Bavuma. It’s satisfying to see Bavuma get amongst the runs too as he’s another player that’s South Africa seem to have mucked around. Let’s also not forget spinner Keshav Maharaj’s first innings figures of 9-129. On the opposite side of the coin, it’s great to see Sri Lanka win a Test match (Sorry South Africa!). Sri Lanka have regressed horribly as a competitive outfit and given Zimbabwe’s recent limp efforts, the last thing international cricket requires is a lack of competition.

Compton Eyeing England Recall!

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Before you all suggest that I’ve gone completely bonkers, please let me draw your attention to the fact that Compdog has played both First Class and List A cricket for Sri Lanka Ports Authority as recently as March this year.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/11718.html

Don’t England tour Sri Lanka this winter?

Looking at his stats, it appears as though Compton acquitted himself well, even notching a 27th First Class ton in Colombo, sandwiched between two scores in the 90s.

Those scores in his final three innings propelled him to the top of SLPACC’s run charts with 411 runs at a team high average of 44.45.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=12184;team=3680;type=tournament

Okay, so an England recall seems unlikely given that Middlesex don’t even seem to want him at the moment and his England career petered out rather miserably second time around but good on him for going and challenging himself in a different environment and doing well. In fact, given how some of England’s batting pretenders have started the County Championship, maybe a recall for Compton wouldn’t be such a foolish idea after all!