By playing as though this may have been his final Test innings for England, Joe Denly has flourished with shackles off
Through stoicism and a healthy dollop of luck, England’s openers had withstood Australia’s new-ball burst. Now, in the ninth over of a sumptuous day at The Oval, with England still a long way from turning their promising position into a decisive advantage, Tim Paine tossed the ball to Nathan Lyon.
The very first ball he received from Lyon, Joe Denly skipped down the wicket to meet the delivery with a drive. From his fourth ball against Lyon, Denly did the...
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