Australia in England 2012 July 2, 2012

Dernbach ruled out of series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jade Dernbach, the England pace bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the NatWest Series against Australia with a side strain.

Dernbach had already been withdrawn from the squad for the third match at Edgbaston on Wednesday - along with Surrey team-mate Stuart Meaker - on compassionate grounds as he will be attending Tom Maynard's funeral.

He had been recalled to the one-day side to replace the injured James Anderson, on his homeground at The Oval, and sent down 10 wicketless overs for 59 although had two catches dropped in the deep off him by Eoin Morgan during the final over

Following England's win which gave them a 2-0 lead, Alastair Cook praised Dernbach's effort. "Jade came in and did really well," he said. "It was obviously disappointing for Jimmy not to play - but that's the reason why we have squads, and our strength in depth in seam bowling is really encouraging. For Jade to come in and perform as well as he did, bowling a lot of Powerplay overs, is really good."

Chris Woakes had already been added to the squad for the third one-dayer although the ECB have said a decision on further replacements will be made after the Edgbaston match. Meaker was brought in after Anderson's groin strain and there will be a chance he will be included for the final two matches if England want further cover.

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  • Geoffrey on July 4, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Wow jonesy2 welcome back mate- I agree with you Dernbach won't be missed- they were obviously just letting him have a net against mediocre opposition in preparation for the 20/20 world cup.

  • Nicholas on July 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    @RandyOZ (Post on July 03 2012, 13:39 PM GMT): unlikely... he's attending the funeral of Tom Maynard, RIP. Maybe after winning this game and taking an unassailable 3-0 lead, England can afford to experiment more with their squad.

  • Randolph on July 3, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Will they bring in Meaker to meet the required quota of South Africans?

  • Tim on July 3, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    This is actually good for England. A non-performing player who they now don't need to drop.

  • Samuel on July 3, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @landl47 - I don't think it's Woakes' lack of pace that's the problem - though he certainly isn't quick - it's more what he does when the ball stops swinging. With two new white balls in ODIs and here in England that won't be as much of an issue, but that's what I think the selectors are looking at with Woakes. Anderson and Philander have shown you don't need to be express pace to be successful in international cricket, but you do need back-up options in your armoury. If Woakes can develop his game in that direction, he'll be a hell of a cricketer for England. He's a wicket-taker and can score first class hundreds - what more could you want?

  • Rayner on July 3, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    i don't know why woakes isn't given more chances, he's clearly class and if we're going to play with 5 bowlers(Which I agree with 100% looking forward to 2015 in aus), having him, bres, broad and swann is some tail, anderson is the only real tailender, but he even plays the odd decent shot nowadays.

  • Samuel on July 3, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    JG - I think Dernbach actually has the potential to be an incredibly good strike bowler in all forms of the game; he can bowl at 90mph and swings it both ways, both conventionally and reverse. It makes you wonder why he concentrates on that slower ball so much. In fact, I'd tell him to go and take wickets - he's not consistent enough to keep it tight, so perhaps he can become the man Cook turns to to take a wicket in future, not just a specialist death-overs bowler. For me though, there are better prospects out there.

  • Bryn on July 3, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    huge blow for the aussies

  • John on July 3, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Bad for Jade. I actually thought the overs (pre 40th) which I saw from Bres and possibly Broad were worse than Jade's. I don't have stats to back this us - so it is purely an observation and I may be totally wrong - but to me it seems that Jade bowls significantly better (or at least goes for less runs) at the start than at the end of an inns in which case surely he should not be a death bowler. Also I feel Jade overdoes the variety and does too many slow balls etc to the degree where it becomes predictable and may even become easier to play. If I was advising him I'd get him to work on his fast Yorkers and use the slower one as a one off. Also feel he loses his radar by overcomplicating things

  • Tim on July 3, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Woakes is a class act in the making - very useful all-rounder who I am sure sooner or later will be a Test player. Will do him no harm to get a few outings against Australia - assuming that it ever stops raining - forecast is not good for the next week or so.

    Wright is a useful bits and pieces player and there could be scope for him in a T20 squad, but not in the ODI line-up - he is like the all-rounders that England tried desperately to shoe-horn in after Botham retired - not quite good enough as either a batsman or as a bowler.

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