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World Cup snub a blessing in disguise for Ashes hopeful Joe Denly, says Nasser Hussain

Joe Denly missed out on the World Cup as England selected Liam Dawson
Joe Denly missed out on the World Cup as England selected Liam Dawson (Picture: Getty)

Nasser Hussain believes missing out on a place in Englands World Cup squad could be a blessing in disguise for Joe Denly.

Denly was named in Englands provisional squad last month but failed to impress in the recent ODI series against Pakistan and was left out of the final 15 on Tuesday morning.

Liam Dawson, rated as a better spin bowler, was selected instead but Hussain says it could be a blessing in disguise for Denly as he looks to bat himself into Ashes contention.

It could be a blessing in disguise for Denly, former England captain Hussain told Sky Sports. There is an Ashes coming up.

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If he was in this squad but not playing – carrying the drinks for a month – he might have missed out on the Ashes. Its not a blessing in disguise for David Willey, however.

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Hes been part of the set-up for three years and hes been replaced by someone who has bowled 22 overs in ODIs. I think he will be absolutely ticking.

Asked whether England made the right decision by dropping Willey for rising star Jofra Archer, who has only made three ODI appearances, Hussain said: Picking Archer was the right call.

He has to play, hes such a rare talent. I would like to have the left-arm option of Willey but I fully understand youve got to leave someone out.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain
Former England captain Nasser Hussain (Picture: Getty)

Hussain also praised Englands selection of Hampshire star Dawson, adding: Hes a good pick.

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