England vs Sri Lanka: Liam Dawson injury adds Joe Denly to World Cup fray
Joe Denly's legspin has added to his value as an international cricketer. @Getty

Joe Denly is a chance to play his first ODI for England in nine years after being flown out to Sri Lanka earlier than expected, as a replacement for the injured Liam Dawson.

A side strain sustained during Saturday’s 31-run Duckworth/Lewis win over Sri Lanka in Dambulla has ruled Dawson out of the remaining thee ODIs, and while Denly is not expected to link up with the England squad in time for the third game on Wednesday he could slot in as the tour continues.

The 32-year-old was added to England’s Test squad for the series with Sri Lanka last month, and recently was named Players’ Player of the Year at the Professional Cricketers Association Awards in London, where he also on for Vitality Blast Player of the Year and Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year.

Denly played the last of his nine ODIs in October 2009 and his previous chance with England was a T20I in February 2010. During the recent domestic summer, he scored 1729 runs, took 57 wickets and became the first player in T20 history to score a century and claim a hat-trick in the same match.

Should be break into England’s ODI team in Sri Lanka, Denly could find himself in the mix for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Teams have until April 23 to submit their World Cup squads and Denly may add his name to the spin-bowling allrounder’s list after Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.

The fourth and fifth ODIs between England and Sri Lanka are on October 20th and 23rd.