Back in national recognition after a nine-year-long absence, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England/">England</a> batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-denly/">Joe Denly</a> revealed how he was surrounded by self-doubts ever since he went off radar. Denly represented England in nine ODI and five T20s in which he scored 288 runs but was dropped following a T20I game against Pakistan in 2010. <p></p> <p></p>Denly admitted how being away from international cricket put him in a place where he could not concentrate at all, and that he was putting too much pressure on himself to fight back and play for England again soon. <p></p> <p></p>"I was certainly guilty, when I got dropped from England in 2010, of making everything about getting back in the team," Denly told <em>ESPNcricinfo</em>. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to go and perform and score runs and get back in as soon as I could. <p></p> <p></p>"And I went missing really for two or three years. My performances dropped. My love of the game dropped quite a bit. I went to Middlesex and had a great time at a great club, but my performances weren't where I wanted them to be. It was a tough two or three years. It got to a point where I had to start enjoying it again because my career was almost fading away. Thankfully I moved back to Kent, started enjoying my cricket again and then started performing and scoring runs." <p></p> <p></p>But fortunately for Denly, he received his maiden call for the Test series against Sri Lanka that thwarted away all uncertainties. The experienced right-hand batsman Denly is comfortable batting at the top of the order and has played a pivotal role in Kent s successful season, which saw them secure promotion to the top-flight of the County Championship this week. He is also a useful leg-spin bowler and will give options to England s attack in the spin friendly conditions of Sri Lanka. <p></p> <p></p>"I thought it was a long way off, if I'm totally honest," Denly said. "There's some very good young players around the county circuit and my name was probably quite a way down the list at the beginning of the season. It was never at the forefront of my mind. <p></p> <p></p>"I've a much better understanding of what works for me. I certainly feel much better equipped and have a much better understanding, not just technically but of the pressures that come with it, and dealing with that on and off the field, not beating myself up too much." <p></p> <p></p>With <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Alastair-Cook/">Alastair Cook</a> retired and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Keaton-Jennings/">Keaton Jennings</a> not in the best of nicks, there is a strong chance that Denly gets a shot at the top with Rory Burns, who also earned his maiden Test call-up, having led Surrey to County Championship in Division One. <p></p> <p></p>"I was quite worried when I was younger about what people thought of me and how I looked. The belief wasn't quite there. I probably put a bit too much pressure on myself. I probably thought too much about failure. If I had a bad net, I'd let that get to me. And if I didn't score the runs out in the middle, I couldn't switch off from thinking about it. <p></p> <p></p>"Now I'm at ease with my game. Of course there's always room for improvement but there's certainly that belief there and I really can't wait to get going." <p></p> <p></p>The first Test between England and Sri Lanka starts November 6 in Galle.