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September 4, 2011
Chris Adams, the Surrey cricket manager, hasn't been given any official indication over the availability of Kevin Pietersen but suggested that he'd struggle to get in the county team anyway. He also asked Andy Flower, the England team director, if they could fly Jade Dernbach down for the CB40 semi-final against Sussex, but that was refused although Dernbach will be available for the final at Lord's.
Pietersen has been rested for the current one-day series against India although reports have now emerged that he has a wrist injury that needs treatment. Last week it was also suggested that Pietersen won't return to action until January when England play Pakistan in UAE.
However, on Sunday, Pietersen said that he was still aiming for the two Twenty20s against West Indies and the one-day tour of India. The CB40 final, in which Surrey take on Somerset, is on September 17 at Lord's, six days before the first T20 against West Indies.
"Kevin is resting and I've no idea if he'll be available or not," Adams said after Surrey's 71-run victory against Sussex. "I've no idea if he'd get in the side or not. We've come this far without two of England's best players - Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett - and if we get Jade back that will be a huge bonus. I'm guessing at this stage we won't have Kevin. I haven't been officially told."
Unlike Pietersen, who Surrey have seen precious little of this season due to England commitments, Adams was in no doubt that Dernbach, who has taken 19 wickets at 15.47 in the CB40, will slot straight back into the side when he's available, and they tried very hard to have him for the semi-final. Given that England's last ODI is a day-night game in Cardiff, a helicopter may be needed to get him to Lord's.
"Jade is one of the reasons we are where we are," he said. "He was the stand-out bowler for us in the competition and his career is going from strength to strength. We asked the question of Flower this week if we could fly him down last night, then we'd fly him off to The Rose Bowl [for the next ODI].
"He's someone who will take a great deal of pleasure in this result, he's a Surrey man through and through. He continues to impress on every level and if we get him for the final then that's great."
The news is not so good for Chris Tremlett, though, who has been struggling with a bulging disc in his back since he was ruled out of the second Test against India at Trent Bridge and didn't play again the series.
"Chris may struggle to get on the park in this domestic season, but that's with the medics and people who know," Adams said. "I can't speak highly enough of him, he sent us messages before, during and after this game."
Tremlett was unlikely to have been part of England's one-day plans against India - either home or away - having not been selected against Sri Lanka, so he has time to recover before the tour to UAE in the New Year. However, he will have a fight to regain his place after the success of Tim Bresnan and won't find pitches in UAE, or in Sri Lanka, conducive to his style of bowling.
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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