England news September 4, 2011

Not sure KP would get in team - Adams


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 ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Why are you critising Flower? KP didnt get picked because he is being rested. This is about Surrey anyway. Glad Dernbach is available, don't think KP should be picked for us in the final because our top 5 has been very good. If we play another batsman and drop one of the spinners then maybe he should be in contention.

    O and lol at the Indians. Best test team in the world, cheers lads.

  • Alan on September 6, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    @Mohaseen: I agree in the sense that England are not a particularly good ODI side (are no.5 in the world), and euphoria about their test performance notwithstanding, they certainly need KP in ODIs. However, I agree with what Adams says in this article about not picking KP for Surrey, because Surrey, unlike England, have done well without him.

  • Cameron on September 6, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    KP's a tank dead set no arguments

  • Andy on September 6, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    No ones saying that KP isnt good enough for the Surrey side, I'm certain if he was avaliable for the whole summer he would be in the X1, but as a Surrey fan the lads who've played have done fantastically well. Jade Dernbach has played the vast majority of the matches and hense has been an integral part of the side unlike KP so his selection is fully vindicated. Can you imagine if he played, got a duck and Surrey lost? He would never hear the end of it and that would be unfair on the both him and the team as a whole. @Harvey - really? Roy, Dernbach, Ansari, Spriegel, Wilson, RHB, Meaker, Batty, Wilson, Jordan would disagree with that! Davies, De Bruyn, Tremlett were out and contract and Maynard was in dispute with Glamorgan. If this young Surrey side continues to grow they will dominate County Cricket for many years to come.

  • Tom on September 6, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    What a ridiculous thing to say, an international cricketer might not get into a two bob division 2 side lol!

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    great player like kp doesnt deserve this treatment..i dont know what andy flower is upto..he feels he is got best team in the world and dreaming high..common reality is eng beat aus because aus is not aus that of past and now india whitewash is just lucky because indian is suffering with record breaking injury's thanks to ipl and they are playing 5% of their total ability..i dont care how many more players eng import from all over the world they are gona struggle in subcontinent for sure..wc defeats against bagladesh,ireland and sri lanka gives clear indication that they cant play unorthodox and quality spinners..i cant wait to see ajmal,mendis,ashwin bowling to eng on spinners day3+ tracks..clearly overrated team which is num 1 just because of pure luck..

  • Adam on September 5, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    @Harvey - yawn. You seem to be just repeating a sterotyped story from 10 years ago.

    Which of Dernbach, Roy, Meaker, Spreigal, Ansari did they bring in? Rory Hamilton-Brown came through all the Surrey age groups and then went off to Sussex, but has now come home so he is a player Surrey have developed too.

  • Nilantha on September 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    I agree with Adams,I am a neutral but as a cricketer,it seems only fair to play the guys who got them to the final...I turned down a cup final this yr for my club third team as they were going to drop someone who played week in week out and I couldn't have that personally..

  • Alan on September 5, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Of course KP should not play. Did he play any role in getting Surrey this far in the competition? Surrey should be loyal to those players.

  • Baundule on September 5, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    And now they think KP, the highest run getter in the test series, is not good enough for Surrey. What a great treatment of England's best batsman! :D

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