County news March 10, 2016

Further surgery for Zafar Ansari

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zafar Ansari leaves the field after suffering his hand injury in September © Getty Images

Zafar Ansari, the Surrey allrounder who missed out on a maiden England tour due to a broken thumb sustained on the day he was called up, has undergone another minor operation on his thumb ahead of the new season.

Ansari was included in England's Test squad for the series against Pakistan in the UAE, but just a matter of hours after the news he badly damaged his thumb in the field against Lancashire. Given that Samit Patel, who was named as his replacement, played the final Test in Sharjah - and then toured South Africa - there is every likelihood that Ansari missed a Test debut.

"This operation was designed to help with the healing process and is related to the bottom joint of his thumb - which had been damaged previously and exacerbated by the incident at Old Trafford - not the top one, which he suffered an open dislocation of," Surrey said on their website.

Meanwhile, they also announced that Jade Dernbach would miss the start of the season due a stress fracture of the back sustained while playing overseas. Dernbach had a spell playing T20 in New Zealand before returning for assessment on his back.

"Jade has already started his rehabilitation programme and will undergo another scan in a fortnight's time to further assess the healing process," the club said. "Once it has been determined that the fracture has healed, Jade will begin a separate period of cricket rehabilitation with a view to being available later in the season."

Freddie van den Bergh, the left-arm spinner, is also on the injury list with a damaged thumb picked up playing club cricket in Australia and faces four to six weeks with the thumb splinted before further rehab ahead of a return to cricket.

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  • mikeindex on March 10, 2016, 23:05 GMT

    Dernbach out for the first part of the season? Damn, that will weaken England's short-form side.

  • CricketingStargazer on March 10, 2016, 21:53 GMT

    I feel for Zafir Ansari. I have a strong suspicion that the selectors intended him to open and act as third spinner. Opening with Moeen Ali was surely only the Plan B.

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