[caption id="attachment_800212" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-800212" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joe-Denly.jpg" alt="Joe Denly" width="628" height="355" /> Joe Denly (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-denly/">Joe Denly</a> had a tough initiation into Test cricket after gathering scores of six and 17 from his first two innings as the tourists were blown away inside three days by West Indies for a series defeat in Antigua. <p></p> <p></p>The result, though, could have gone worse had the rub of green not gone in his favour. In his debut innings, he survived a close shout for lbw and then was dropped in the second dig. On both occasions, he was yet to open his account. <p></p> <p></p>The third Test, which gets underway from Saturday, offers the Kent batsman a final chance to potentially seal his place for the home Ashes series that follows the ICC World Cup. And proving the England management that he's more than just a stopgap arrangement at the top is at the top of his agenda. <p></p> <p></p>"Playing in an Ashes series is an absolute dream and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about it a little bit," Denly was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Wednesday. "Obviously with the opportunity I have in the next Test it is there, but it is important to try and not think about it as much as possible. I need to have a real focus on trying to get a score in this next Test and prove to those guys who think I am a stopgap, makeshift opener that I have got a future as an opener in Test cricket." <p></p> <p></p>Denly replaced a struggling Keaton Jennings at the top but fell after two poor shots that included chasing a wide delivery from Alzarri Joseph and then being bowled in the second innings while offering no shot. <p></p> <p></p>"That's the only disappointing thing looking back on my debut - (getting out to) a rank long hop and then not playing a shot - pretty frustrating. I spoke to (former Kent team-mate) Rob Key a few days ago and he said he doesn't remember anything about his first Test innings, but I remember quite a lot," Denly said.