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Dernbach called up to England's World Cup squad

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March 18, 2011

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Jade Dernbach and bowling coach Kevin Shine review a video of Dernbach's bowling during an England Performance Programme training session, Loughborough, November 5 2010
Jade Dernbach (right) has been named as Ajmal Shahzad's replacement © Getty Images
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The Surrey seamer Jade Dernbach has been named as the surprise replacement in England's World Cup squad, after Ajmal Shahzad sustained a hamstring strain that ruled him out of contention for the knock-out stages of the tournament.

Dernbach, who is currently in the West Indies with the England Lions, has received approval from the ICC Event Technical Committee, and is expected to be released from his current fixture against Windward Islands, and will arrive in the subcontinent in time for the quarter-finals, which get underway on March 23.

Dernbach, 24, began the winter on the England Performance Programme in Australia before going on to make his England Lions debut last month, playing in the WICB regional four-day competition where he is currently the side's leading wicket-taker. The Surrey player has spent the previous two winters on the ECB Fast Bowling Programme in Florida and Chennai and is a graduate of the Surrey Academy.

Chris Adams, the Surrey cricket manager, believes the call-up is due reward for hard work. "From what we've seen for the last two years with Jade, as a cricketer and a person, he's matured in an accelerated way," he told ESPNcricinfo. "Partly because the situation at Surrey meant from an early age he was being asked to lead attacks which was good exposure and a steep learning curve.

"As a bowler has come on immensely in the last two years, but as a person he has also really matured into an outstanding individual. There are perceptions that people may have had in past that haven't always been that favourable, but take it from me he's an outstanding individual. He'll run through brick walls for his team-mates and loves winning."

One of the aspects of Dernbach's game that has caught the eye on the domestic circuit and kept the selectors interested is his accurate slower ball which has proved very effective in one-day cricket. He has taken 95 wickets in 60 List A fixtures with a career-best of 5 for 31, although his economy rate is high at 6.33, and on the current Lions tour has taken 19 wickets at 15.63 in the Caribbean four-day competition.

"He's developed a slower ball, a very special variance, which is dynamite and is unusual. It's bowled very well and has great deception," Adams said. "All those aspects coming together and this x-factor delivery is good reason for the selectors to have called him up. If you have a slower ball that gets purchase or grip, anything off the pitch, you'll be in the game so long as you can disguise it well which Jade is exceptional at."

National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: "We have been following the progress of Jade for some time and he has impressed throughout his two years on the fast bowling programme in 2008-09 in Florida and Chennai and the England Performance Programme in Australia late last year and during the domestic season with Surrey.

"He is a talented athlete and has performed very well with the Lions on the current tour of the West Indies and we feel his variations will be extremely useful on the surfaces we will be playing on should we progress to the knock out stages of the World Cup."

Dernbach was picked ahead of the Warwickshire allrounder, Chris Woakes, who impressed in his maiden England series in Australia recently. Liam Plunkett, who played the last of those seven ODIs against Australia, is currently injured.

The England team is currently waiting for confirmation that the side has reached the quarter-final stages of the ICC World Cup which is dependent on the remaining matches in the group stages. A victory for South Africa over Bangladesh, or India over West Indies, would be enough to guarantee a place in the last eight.

Dernbach, who was named in England's 30-man preliminary squad, becomes the fourth replacement in England's World Cup 15, although Eoin Morgan - who was replaced by Ravi Bopara - subsequently returned as a replacement for the injured Kevin Pietersen. Chris Tremlett was called up in place of Stuart Broad, who suffered a side strain during the victory over South Africa.

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Comments: 55 
Posted by Nampally on (March 21, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

England does not need any more pace bowlers. What they really needed was a good batsman like Alaistaire Cooke, who was responsible for England's winning of Ashes with some superlative batting performances on a consistent basis. He was and is the best batsmen in England today. If Cooke was brought in instead, he could have opened the innings with Strauss with Trott, Bell, Morgan , Bopara or Collingwood & Prior to follow. The last 4 spots could have gone to Tredwell, Swann, Bresnan, Anderson/Tremlett. This would have given strong batting + balanced bowling. Inclusion of Dernbach only adds to bench strength not to team XI - which desperately needs a batsman in absence of KP.With Cooke England had a good chance of going to Semi's. Dernbach's selection is meaningless & does not answer the deficiency in England's armour - batting strength.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

Saw this selection discussed on Sky, Bob Willis mentioned that Dernbach was picked ahead of Woakes because he had outbowled him in the West Indies! utter rubbish has Willis actually looked at the averages?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 5:02 GMT)

@jonesy2: Again? Are you calling peterson & Trott average? wakeup call..

Posted by doughyinperth on (March 20, 2011, 1:49 GMT)

He must be a good player because he has earings in both ears.That will make him a more balanced selection. Enoughsaid!!!

Posted by landl47 on (March 19, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

@PembertonCricket: I'm not so sure he won't play. Neither Anderson nor Tremlett have bowled well in this tournament. England need someone who can back up Bresnan; they might well have called up Rashid if Shahzad was still available, but now he's out it had to be a seam bowler. It looks as though their line-up for the next game will be the same as the last game unless they bring in someone for Tremlett- that might be Dernbach. @ajaychiba: good plan. The problem is the players want to play for England, not India.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (March 19, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

been watching this lad in county cricket for a few years now, looks decent, all the best to him.

Posted by GB_Stratton on (March 19, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

At the rate that SA born players are getting picked by England and other nations should allow the ICC leeway to grant SA two teams in next World Cup!

This suggests a few scenarios at play: SA are picking players "politically" sanitised perhaps and this leaves not room for all the "exports" or other nations are only too happy to see players developed in SA come across to their various allegiances!

Players should only be elligible to play forthe land of their birth wu will put a stop to this.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

"Jade Dernbach became Surrey's youngest debutant for 30 years when he played against India A in 2003, at the age of 17"

So for 8 years as a minimum he has lived and worked in the UK. And was in the Surrey academy prior to that. Trott I still feel uneasy about. This lad less so.

Posted by PembertonCricket on (March 19, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

Once again some of the Oz/SA based comments are wide of the mark. England have selected Dernbach only to give him experience of being with the team in a major competition - the liklihood is he won't play an actual match. This is part of a longer-term policy to have a pipeline of youngsters with some experience of the international setup. The same would have applied to Woakes during the Australia tour but he played a couple of games due to injuries to others. Oz should take note - look what happened when McGrath and Warne quit - there was no-one with suitable experience to come in and surprise surprise they started getting whipped.

Posted by EJ36 on (March 19, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

For the record, he moved to England as a 12 year old and came through the English cricket system. He is as entitled to play for his country as Cook, Bell and Collingwood etc are. Who cares where he was born

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