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Kent batsman Joe Denly hopes for a change in fortunes

Joe Denly
Denly top-scored with 67 on his one-day debut for England against Ireland

Kent batsman Joe Denly is hoping his recent improvement in form will be the turning point of his season.

Having struggled to score runs, Denly hit 48 off 31 balls as Kent racked up a Twenty20 record total of 217 to beat Gloucestershire by 36 runs on Sunday.

"It's been disappointing but you try to clear it out your mind and focus on your next innings and work hard," Denly told BBC Radio Kent.

"Hopefully these two games will give me a springboard for the whole season"

Denly, who was part of the England one-day squad last summer, had hoped to break into the test squad in the near future, but was overlooked for the ICC World Twenty20 and has struggled to find any consistency.

His team-mate Simon Cook has no doubt the 24-year-old will rediscover his touch.

"Twenty20 has come at a good time for Joe because he can just go out and express himself," Cook said.

"There's literally no pressure - no mental issues with Twenty20 cricket, just lots of gaps and he can express himself and be the player we know he is.

"In the last couple if games he's just started to come good."



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