Denly has not played since he damaged his right ankle ligaments in training two weeks ago, although he did practise in the nets on Thursday and the spokesman said they were “hoping that he will be fit to play” in the pre-Test warm-up match against a New Zealand XI at the end of next week.
England’s red-ball specialists arrived in Auckland this week and will join the rest of the squad on Monday.
The first Test starts in Tauranga on November 21.
England Test squad:
Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes (AFP)