[caption id="attachment_797780" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-797780" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Joe-Denly-1.jpg" alt="Joe Denly (AFP Photo)" width="628" height="355" /> Joe Denly (foreground) will make his Test debut on Thursday (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> will be hand debut to allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-denly/">Joe Denly</a> in the second Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/west-indies/">West Indies</a> that starts from Thursday. He replaces <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/keaton-jennings/">Keaton Jennings</a> in the 12-man squad and is set to open the innings with Joe Burns as the tourists aim to bounce back after a crushing defeat in Barbados. <p></p> <p></p>Former captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/alastair-cook/">Alastair Cook</a> that Antigua is a great opportunity for Denly and has backed his selection on the back of a superb domestic season that saw him racking up 1729 runs across formats apart from claiming 57 wickets as well. <p></p> <p></p>"It's great opportunity for Joe," Cook told <em>Test Match Special</em>. "He's had an interesting couple of years in county cricket, taking on more responsibility at Kent and deserves his call-up. So he will be excited and I will be excited to see how he plays. " <p></p> <p></p>The Test could also serve as a chance for Denly to present a claim for a place in the Ashes squad that will face Australia at home after the ICC World Cup in 2019. <p></p> <p></p>Citing the example of former England international Jonathan Trott who scored a century on debut in 2009 against Australia, Cook said, " The Ashes is still seven months away so a lot can happen in sport - four Tests, but a lot can happen in that time. Jonathan Trott came in and did well in a big Test match when we had to win a game and he got 100 - you have to deal with what's in front of you." <p></p> <p></p>Denly made his first international appearance since 2009 when he took field in a T20I against Sri Lanka last October. On return, he played a crucial role, picking up four wickets to take the player-of-the-match award.