There are chances of Change in the Squad for England’s Second Test Match with Joe Denly knocks of 18 & 29 reflecting that he can do little to haul up his performances up to the required standard for long Test matches.
England will keep faith in Jos Butler despite its defeat to West Indies in the first Test match of a three-match series but time may be up for Joe Denly. Captain Joe Root is all set to return to the Second Test starting on Thursday at Old Trafford after missing the four-wicket defeat in Southampton to attend the birth of his second child. The England selectors have to take big decisions after a drastic loss with the batting side rather than the balling side despite the controversial omission of Stuart Broad.
An under par 204 runs target in first innings & the huge loss of five wickets for 30 runs on the fourth evening set the platform for the visitors to take the lead. England head coach Chris Silverhood has offered strong reassurance to one of the duos. Butler had a Test average of just 23.22 since the start of 2019 & now only a hundred in 75 innings. “I’m not gonna go down that road yet of putting Jos under pressure, because I don’t think it’s going to help him,” said Silverwood. “First and foremost we want to give Jos the best opportunity to succeed.
“But I’m sure he is asking the same questions. He looked brilliant coming into this game, in practice and everything and he looked very good in the first innings. He just needs to go and make those big scores now, doesn’t he? He knows that as well. “According to the management point of view, it’s just making sure that he feels confident in the environment he is playing in”.
There looks the need to change the higher-order though with Denly’s knocks of 18 & 29 doing little to show that he can haul his performances up to the required standard for a long term in the Test matches. At 22, Crawley is 12 years Denley’s Junior & by producing England’s top score of the match in tensed circumstances in the second innings he appeared to make an irresistible grab for the shirt. “We’re all desperate to see Joe do really well. We can see he’s trying hard, he’s training hard and he’s a great bloke, hence why we all went to see him do well,” said Silverwood.
“But obviously he’s under pressure a little bit, yes. Zak is improving constantly. I think he certainly showed maturity and the innings he played was very good.
“We have some young players in that side that seem to have good heads on their shoulders, and he’s one of them. That’s what we are looking for.”