On Monday 25 January, Habs had the pleasure of welcoming England and Kent cricketer, Joe Denly, to our cricket community for a Question and Answer session.

It was an amazing opportunity for over 70 attendees made up of boys from Years 7 to 13 and staff, to pick Joe’s brains about his cricketing journey from schoolboy cricketer through to the pinnacle of his career, representing his country in the Ashes series.

Joe, who is currently in Australia playing in the Big Bash for the Brisbane Heat, started out his career at Whitstable Cricket Club where his brother is the current First team captain, following in the footsteps of his father who also captained the Club. The boys asked a fantastic range of questions on all aspects of the life of a professional sportsman, from Technical to Tactical, Physical to Mental.

Joe spoke at length about his mental preparation going into his first Ashes series and how he adapts and trains his game to suit the different cricketing formats: 20/20, 50 overs, First Class and Test Match cricket. The boys were also eager to quiz Joe on more amusing aspects of his career including the ‘easiest drop catch’ in test history and his appearance on A Question of Sport.

Joe spoke about the challenges of ‘bubble life’ and coping with the difficulties of combining family life and his cricketing career during the global pandemic. It was a truly inspiring interview providing a fascinating insight into Joe’s career whilst offering some terrific advice for our enthralled Habs Cricket Community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Joe for giving up his time of the boys. The call finished at 12.15am in Adelaide with Joe leaving to prepare for his game the following day (a victory!). We very much look forward to welcoming Joe back to Habs in the near future.