England news November 13, 2013

Eyes on Bangladesh for Dernbach


Jade Dernbach believes that England can overcome their difficulties in limited-overs cricket on the subcontinent and make a strong bid to win the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh early next year.

England won the event, their only piece of global silverware, in 2009 but never looked like defending the title in Sri Lanka last year when they lurched through to the end of the group stages with only victories against Afghanistan and New Zealand.

The underwhelming performance continued England's poor record with the white ball on the subcontinent; they were knocked of the World Cup in the quarter-finals, lost 5-0 against India in 2011 and 3-2 in another bilateral series in January.

Dernbach, who is supporting the Movember charity this month to raise awareness of men's health issues, remembers the tough experiences of the previous World Twenty20 tournament - he played in four of the matches and finished with an economy rate of 9.83 - but is adamant that England are making the necessary strides under Ashley Giles and Stuart Broad to be competitive in March.

"I think we can beat some of the best sides around in the that format, so having the World Cup is great opportunity for us to test ourselves," Dernbach said. "It's over in the subcontinent and there have been question marks over us before, but it's time to draw a line under that and show what a good side we are.

"I'm excited about our Twenty20 side at the moment, we've had quite a lot of success and now it's time to show that on the world stage."

England's most recent Twenty20s came against Australia towards the end of the home season and the series was shared 1-1. The first match was dominated by Aaron Finch's world-record 156 as Australia amassed 248 for 6 at the Ageas Bowl, but Dernbach escaped the worst of the carnage to finish with 3 for 34 then backed that up with 3 for 23 at Chester-le-Street to share the contests.

Dernbach has now played 25 Twenty20s for England - the only match he has missed since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2011 was when he was omitted against New Zealand at the previous World T20 - and, although he has lost his place in the ODI side after a series of expensive displays, is feeling increasingly secure in the shortest format.

"Everyone who is picked has a specific job to do and for me it's about being able to fulfil that role," he said. "With the balance of the side we've got, and the players we can pick from, it enables people to have a very clear role

"Bowling at the death and in the Powerplays helps you understand what you are trying to achieve. Some days someone is going to come out on top but it's your job to try and change that. In Twenty20 the crowd has come to see sixes, but for us as bowlers it's just as exciting for us to be able to remove these players."

However, before his thoughts turn too much to England's next Twenty20 outings, which will be against Australia at the end of January, he has the pressing issue of facial hair and it may not just be a month-long addition for him. "I'm really starting to grow with it, but the problem is when you start getting the food stuck in it and you don't realise."

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Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Paulo on November 14, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight I agree Dernbach is skilful. But the problem with him is that he is too unreliable, and if he gets it wrong can be very poor. The first time I remember seeing him was at the Rosebowl in a T20- 1 over for 18 runs I think. Next year he had to be removed from the attack for bowling too many beamers. Next year he was in the England team, and I admit, started magnificently, and looked like the future of death bowling for England for many years. But after too many appearances where he got whacked, time and time again, he just had to go. Surely somebody else deserves a chance?

  • kafi on November 14, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Dernbach is the English equivalent of Ishant Sharma. Terrible bowler, with only a big ego and tatoos dont make you cool Jade, its performances that count.

  • Simon on November 14, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    I think my 15 man squad (at the moment) for the T20 WC would be: Hales, Lumb/Carberry, Wright, Root, Morgan, Bopara/Patel, Buttler, Broad, Swann/Tredwell, Rankin, Finn/Anderson

  • Simon on November 14, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    My problem with JD is that actually, he's become a pretty decent first class cricketer. When he forgets about slower yorkers, slower cutters, slower bouncers, slower full-tosses etc and just bowls a good line and length at decent pace he's threatening.

    He does a decent job in T20 cricket, mixes it up and helps slogging batsmen make mistakes. Is he international quality in ODIs or Tests? No. But he's useful in T20s where economy is less of an issue.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    The type of pitch is irrelevant to Dernbach! His knee high slower full tosses (which is his stock delivery) are disappearing out the park anyway!

  • Cyril on November 14, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Funny how Jade outbowls all these alternatives every season in every format. If he wasn't a bit flash, covered in tattoos with a strange haircut, people would be honest in their assessments of him.

    He can bowl over 90mph, his two slower balls (only two) are either down at 71mph, out of the back of the hand with identical arm-speed and the offcutter at about 77mph.

    He has been very unlucky, but always puts his hand up and charges in either in powerplays or at the death. He never ducks a challenge and never plays it safe.

    Anyone who suggests Jordan, Gurney, Mills, Topley or Willey are anywhere near as skilled a bowler as Dernbach, obviously hasn't seen any of them bowl enough. Jade struggles at times at international level, but the others would do far worse. Luckily England know this.

  • Paulo on November 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Would like to see the following in the T20Is vs Aus: 1. Hales 2. Carberry 3.Root 4. Pietersen 5.Morgan(c) 6.Buttler 7.Willey 8.Swann 9. Jordan 10.Rankin 11. Finn

    Perhaps a batsmen light.Would like also to have Tredwell, Gurney, Balance and Vince in the squad.

    Broad is not captain material, and too often bowling wise he gets wacked. Dernbach is poor. I don't rate Lumb. Briggs isn't international standard- even Liam Dawson has outbowled him too many times this year at Hampshire.

    I'd like Carberry to have a go, but if he fails (like in the ODIs) I'd replace him with Ballance and move KP to 3 and Root to open.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Why is this guy Dernbach still even being looked at by the England selectors? He has one trick and one trick only - the slower ball, and it is easily picked by world-class batsmen. He can't control the new ball, he can't bowl the old ball, he can't bowl at the death, he can't field well, he can't run between the wickets, and he can't bat. I never thought I'd say this but I think I would prefer Sajid Mahmood to Dernbach (shock horror).

  • o on November 13, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    I'd rather have Willey in the side due to his all round package. England need to stack the batting of their T20 side if they want to be victorious add Willey and Carberry to the side and they look 10x more deadly than the previous competition already.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    I dont think Dernbach will be great in subcontinent as pitches in Bangladesh are either flat or spin friendly, not suitable for pace. He will be expensive like Mitchell Mccglenhan was against Bangladesh.

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