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