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Maiden ton the target for Denly

11th January 2020, 13:45 by Neil Foster

England batsman Joe Denly feels certain he will score a maiden Test century before too long.

The 33-year-old has made 12 five-day appearances and seems to have settled into his role in the side, providing stability with the steady accumulation of runs.

The Kent man has scored 720 of them to date at an average of 31.30 but has yet to crack the three-figure mark.

He has six scores of more than 50 with a highest effort of 94, although that is something he is keen to address as soon as possible.

"I'm certainly becoming more confident with each game I play, each knock I have," he told Sky Sports. "I'm feeling more and more confident when I'm out there.

"It is frustrating that I haven't kicked on and got that really big score but I really believe it is just a matter of time if I keep doing the things I've been doing. It will be nice to go on and get that big one an hopefully it is not too far away."

Denly will next be in action when Joe Root's side take on South Africa in Port Elizabeth from next Thursday, with the series score now 1-1 after the tourists' 189-run victory in Cape Town.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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