England news September 7, 2011

Dernbach and Kieswetter earn incremental contracts

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jade Dernbach and Craig Kieswetter have earned incremental ECB contracts having played the required number of internationals. Points are awarded for each appearance with both Dernbach and Kieswetter playing enough Twenty20 internationals and ODIs to reach the required mark.

Kieswetter returned to the England side for the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka having lost his place last season. He missed out on the World Cup but Matt Prior's poor tournament offered him the chance to return at the top of the order in both short formats.

Although still suspect against the moving ball he has played some aggressive innings including his 25-ball 46 in the second ODI against India, at the Rose Bowl, which helped set up England's seven-wicket victory.

Dernbach, meanwhile, has made a very positive impression at the start of his international career having been a surprise late call up to the World Cup squad earlier in the year. His skills at the end of an innings helped England secure the series against Sri Lanka with a tight win at Old Trafford and also took 3 for 30 against Ireland in Dublin.

His form continued in the Twenty20 international against India, at Old Trafford, when he took 4 for 22 to help set up England's win. "This award reflects the contributions Craig and Jade have made to our T20 and one-day international teams this season and we congratulate both players on their achievement," Geoff Miller, the national selector, said.

Under the ECB's contracts system, five points are awarded for a Test appearance and two for a T20 or ODI appearance, with an increment contract being awarded automatically once the player reaches 20 points during the 12-month contract period.

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