England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Lord's May 31, 2011

Dernbach called up to Lord's squad

The Surrey fast bowler Jade Dernbach has been named in England's squad for Friday's second Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's, after James Anderson was ruled out due to a side strain suffered while bowling on the second day of the series opener in Cardiff.

Dernbach, who replaces Anderson as the only addition to an otherwise unchanged squad of 12, remains uncapped at international level despite being called up to England's ODI squad for the World Cup quarter-final against Sri Lanka in March. Dernbach wasn't selected to play in that match but recently collected nine wickets for the England Lions in the tour match against Sri Lanka.

Aside from a brief appearance as nightwatchman, Anderson did not feature in the latter stages of the first Test. However, his absence was not felt by his team-mates as they surged to an incredible innings-and-14-run victory after bowling Sri Lanka out for 82 in just 24.4 overs on the final afternoon of the match.

Nevertheless, England will miss his new-ball abilities at Lord's, a venue where he has claimed 36 wickets in nine appearances, including two of his ten five-wicket hauls. He will continue to receive treatment and rehabilitation before a decision is made on his participation in the third and final Test at the Rose Bowl, starting June 16.

"It's a very slight side strain, but you have to take these things on a case-by-case basis," said England's captain, Andrew Strauss. "Hopefully he'll be around for the third Test, but we can't guarantee it."

In Anderson's absence, the likeliest replacement in the starting XI is Steven Finn, who was named in their 12-man squad for Cardiff but was omitted on the morning of the match. As a Middlesex man, he is familiar with the Lord's wicket, and should he be chosen alongside Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett, England's three-man pace attack would rank among the tallest of all time.

However, Strauss indicated that the variety provided by a shorter pace bowler was something that the selectors were considering. "We certainly want the option of a skiddier bowler, but whether he makes the final XI is another matter," he said.

National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: "It's obviously disappointing to lose Jimmy Anderson for the next Test as he is world-class and the leader of our attack but we're fortunate to have a healthy stock of pace bowlers at present. We're hopeful Jimmy will be available for the third Test but in the meantime we're excited by Jade Dernbach's inclusion.

"Jade is a talented young bowler and after excelling with the England Performance Programme over the winter he enjoyed considerable success with the ball against Sri Lanka while playing for the England Lions prior to the first Test."

ECB Chief medical officer, Dr Nick Peirce, said: "The nature of Jimmy's injury is a grade one tear which is a low-end injury but given it's a side strain we need to proceed cautiously which is why he has been ruled out of the second Test at Lord's.

'We have also taken into account the short turnaround between Test matches and we feel it is best for Jimmy to spend the next week receiving treatment and rest in order to give him the best chance for selection for the final Test in the series.


"Once he has undertaken this period of rest and rehabilitation we will be able to make a definitive decision on his availability for the third Test."

England squad Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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