Australia v England, 3rd T20, Sydney February 2, 2014

Tattooed trickster bears England anger

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Stadium Australia
After 101 days, across eight cities, in the 18th match at the ninth and final venue, England had Jade Dernbach to direct their frothing anger upon
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After 101 days, across eight cities, in the 18th match at the ninth and final venue, England had a tattooed trickster to direct their frothing anger upon. If you are an England fan, just be glad it is over.

There was a moment in this game where Jade Dernbach had bowled well. Saved till the 10th over, his two overs on the bounce featured the odd variation here and there. He refrained from bowling a different one every ball as he took a five over break having conceded just 12 runs.

His third over went for a more expensive 11, but seven of those runs came after he should have had a wicket. An onrushing Ravi Bopara slowed, continued, then slowed again and, finally, dived for a catch off Matthew Wade which touched the sky but barely left the ring, after Dernbach dolled up a slower-ball. A smart piece of bowling that deserved more.

Then it happened.

You could sense something in the Stadium Australia air, and it wasn't the hum of imminent success. There was no echo of starter's shot before a suited-up Cathy Freeman completed a lap of this very stadium to claim 400m gold in the 2000 Olympics. Nor was there the call from Jonny Wilkinson, alerting Matt Dawson of his whereabouts for a right-footed kick at goal during extra time of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

This was more like the belch that warns you that you are on the cusp of redecorating a pavement with the contents of your guts. George Bailey took guard, looking to greedily improve Australia's 6 for 169. Dernbach, full of pep and fresh from spraying Cameron White with invective, would bowl the last over. It had the feel of Good versus Evil - and only one of the two protagonists was fresh-armed and chiselled like a Disney prince.

It is too brutal to talk through the next six balls. If this was a film, it would have switched temporarily to black and white, such was the battery. "Four-Six-Six-Four-Four-Two" was how it read; 26 runs to take Australia to 195.

Bailey's exploits were subject to yet another Cricket Australia picture tweet - a gloating look at the day's play which, while a smart take on social media, has only served to plumb the "Times New Roman" font to "Comic Sans" depths of naffness. The day "Cambria Math" is subject to similar treatment will be a very dark one indeed.

As for Dernbach, his last over drubbing, which took his tally for the series to 11 overs, 1 for 141, had him trending on Twitter in the UK. If he has any sense, he'll avoid checking his mentions for the time being. Maybe just shut it down entirely. He was also left the ignominy of being the last man to go - run out, lost halfway down the track, like a nun in an orgy.

Nearly 50,000 were on hand to witness this 12th Australia win. If this tour were 101 days more, the crowds would still roll in. This isn't a country that gets bored with winning, especially when it is England that are doing the losing.

The limited-overs leg has been the victory parade many hoped it wouldn't. Weary English cricketers were dragged to every corner of this vast country like Victorian truants. On display in stocks, they took pails of water, rotten fruit and mud pies in the face. In a matter of hours they return home, hoping none of it stuck. How could it not?

In a boxing match, a trainer throws in the towel. In tennis, a feigned recurrence of a chronic injury also allows respite with minimal loss of dignity or respect. Somehow, by staying the course, England's cricketers seem to have been robbed of both.

Channel Nine, a hub of shameless bias and flappy-lipped nonsense masquerading as punditry, has given the press box an unwelcome soundtrack. They have enjoyed Australia's success more than anyone. Michael Slater's cackled laugh will haunt many a dream from now until the sweet release of death.

One man who has been here from the start but has worn it better than most is Stuart Broad. Today he bowled well, taking the wickets of Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hodge and Dan Christian. As the form bowler, should he have saved himself for the death? Perhaps. The manner of England's defeat - their joint second-worst featuring their lowest T20 total against Australia - saves him the trouble of addressing that valid query.

It's hard to see Broad first-hand and not be impressed by him. Prior to the news of Andy Flower stepping down as England team director, Broad was engaging and humorous, despite coming off the back of his third series defeat in a month.

His arrival to the crease at 98 for 8 saw him greeted by a cacophony of boos for one last time. They will miss him now that he is gone and, who knows, he might even miss them a little bit. It has been that sort of tour.

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  • AvidFanDownUnder on February 2, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    It was disappointing to see England lose this badly (even if I was supporting Australia) but there have still been some positives on this tour. Ben Stokes who probably had a disappointing limited overs tournament was the Test find of the summer (on both sides if you consider Mitchell Johnson was refound), Stuart Broad battled very hard (really great effort with all the booing he was subject to) and Eoin Morgan enhanced his reputation further (I only wish he gets a greater opportunity in Test cricket). While there are a lot of issues that need fixing this tour hasn't been a complete loss. I would also like to commend the writing from Vithushan Ehantharajah - prior to this series I had never heard of him but after this I will be searching regularly for more articles - the articles were always insightful, thought provoking and very dry sense of humour as well - thank you for all your efforts this summer and I hope to read a lot more of your articles.

  • on February 4, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Under wasim's captaincy in late 90s, Pakistan was playing against Australia (probably in Hobart). Justin Langer nicked an edge to the wicketkeeper and was judged not out. Umpire made a mistake there. Even Justin Langer admitted after a decade that he nicked the ball. It was a critical moment of the match and Pakistan was favourite for levelling the series 1-1. From thereon, Langer played an excellent innings and won for Australia. Pakistan lost the match, lost the momentum and lost the series. So the theory 'if you edge the ball, you should walk irrespective of the decision', also applies on Australians. I don't agree with this. Austalian crowds, commentators, Lehman, have been very harsh on Broad.

  • Cantbat.Cantbowl.CantField. on February 3, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Great article. Channel 9 commentary is a joke. Mindless dribblings and overstatements in a sea of cross-promotions. I mute the tv and have Grandstand on these days. The delay drives my mates mad but at least they call every ball and can tell it straight, especially when someone is under performing. They talk EVERYONE up on Channel 9 and it makes them sound clueless. With no Greig, Lawry or Benaud what's the point?

  • on February 3, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Just done a bit of research on Jade D. First 8 T20 internationals, he was excellent. Overall analysis of 28.4-0-173-11. An average of just under 16, and an economy rate of 6.03. Unfortunately, things went downhill from then. Next 20 T20I: 68.2-0-644-23. An average of 28, and an economy rate of 9.42. Wickets becoming (slightly) less frequent, but mostly going from giving up 24 runs in 4 overs to 38.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on February 3, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    In the shorter formats, on paper a team is only as great as the sum of it's parts. Unlike tests where one or two players can make all the difference and swing many games, in the shorter formats you just don't have that luxury of time and you'd expect for most games it will be crucial that every player contributes. It's therefore imperative that selectors choose a strong team of 11 players that are in good form. Hanging onto out-of-sorts players, hoping and praying that they'll rediscover past (long past in some cases!) form/glory against strong opposition is always going to raise a lot of eyebrows. On saying that, there have been so many short games won virtually single-handedly. It's such a funny old game and really anything can happen in these shorter formats. I guess my conclusion is we shouldn't really point the fingers at individual players (like Dernbach), and instead just accept that the England team as a whole played badly. Career economy rates for Aus. bowlers ain't better.

  • Jonesrg50 on February 3, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    It's hard to understand why Dernbach was in the side to start with, but to use him as a "death bowler" is unfair on him as well as England as he appears not know how to rein in his anger/temper when under the cosh. He chirps constantly with the opposition rather than concentrating on performance. He has conceded more than 800 runs for 582 balls in international t20 and more than 2300 runs fir 1700 balls in all t20's - expensive at around 8.5 per over. Stuart Broad averages nearer 7 per over and class acts like Steyn nearer 6. Simply he is not good enough at present and will help lose more matches than win them.

  • on February 3, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Dernbach's figures in this series (1-141 off 11 overs) are the equivalent of going for 51 off 4 overs, and you won't win many T20 games with those figures. I think international batsmen have worked him out now, and it's time to go (his series by series bowling analysis suggests this, with ever increasing economy rates). Started off around 6 (good for T20) but since gone out to 9-12.

  • PFEL on February 3, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    I agree with most posters re the walking issue. If an umpire incorrectly gives you out you're not allowed to stand there and not walk, so why should you be expected to walk if an umpire gives you not out incorrectly? Broad is one of the only English cricketers this tour that can leave with some dignity. Superstar.

  • Rexton87 on February 3, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    If Dernbach has conceded zero runs in the final over England would still have lost by 58 runs , a huge margin in T20 so he should not be made a scapegaot for this defeat.

  • PFEL on February 3, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @Vithushan Ehantharajah, I love your writing, but as a hardcore Aussie supporter I love the commentary Slater, Warne, Taylor etc. (Healy I could go without). I can imagine how annoying it would be as an opposing team's fan though lol. Great article and fantastic to see you responding directly to fans!

  • AvidFanDownUnder on February 2, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    It was disappointing to see England lose this badly (even if I was supporting Australia) but there have still been some positives on this tour. Ben Stokes who probably had a disappointing limited overs tournament was the Test find of the summer (on both sides if you consider Mitchell Johnson was refound), Stuart Broad battled very hard (really great effort with all the booing he was subject to) and Eoin Morgan enhanced his reputation further (I only wish he gets a greater opportunity in Test cricket). While there are a lot of issues that need fixing this tour hasn't been a complete loss. I would also like to commend the writing from Vithushan Ehantharajah - prior to this series I had never heard of him but after this I will be searching regularly for more articles - the articles were always insightful, thought provoking and very dry sense of humour as well - thank you for all your efforts this summer and I hope to read a lot more of your articles.

  • on February 4, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Under wasim's captaincy in late 90s, Pakistan was playing against Australia (probably in Hobart). Justin Langer nicked an edge to the wicketkeeper and was judged not out. Umpire made a mistake there. Even Justin Langer admitted after a decade that he nicked the ball. It was a critical moment of the match and Pakistan was favourite for levelling the series 1-1. From thereon, Langer played an excellent innings and won for Australia. Pakistan lost the match, lost the momentum and lost the series. So the theory 'if you edge the ball, you should walk irrespective of the decision', also applies on Australians. I don't agree with this. Austalian crowds, commentators, Lehman, have been very harsh on Broad.

  • Cantbat.Cantbowl.CantField. on February 3, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Great article. Channel 9 commentary is a joke. Mindless dribblings and overstatements in a sea of cross-promotions. I mute the tv and have Grandstand on these days. The delay drives my mates mad but at least they call every ball and can tell it straight, especially when someone is under performing. They talk EVERYONE up on Channel 9 and it makes them sound clueless. With no Greig, Lawry or Benaud what's the point?

  • on February 3, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Just done a bit of research on Jade D. First 8 T20 internationals, he was excellent. Overall analysis of 28.4-0-173-11. An average of just under 16, and an economy rate of 6.03. Unfortunately, things went downhill from then. Next 20 T20I: 68.2-0-644-23. An average of 28, and an economy rate of 9.42. Wickets becoming (slightly) less frequent, but mostly going from giving up 24 runs in 4 overs to 38.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on February 3, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    In the shorter formats, on paper a team is only as great as the sum of it's parts. Unlike tests where one or two players can make all the difference and swing many games, in the shorter formats you just don't have that luxury of time and you'd expect for most games it will be crucial that every player contributes. It's therefore imperative that selectors choose a strong team of 11 players that are in good form. Hanging onto out-of-sorts players, hoping and praying that they'll rediscover past (long past in some cases!) form/glory against strong opposition is always going to raise a lot of eyebrows. On saying that, there have been so many short games won virtually single-handedly. It's such a funny old game and really anything can happen in these shorter formats. I guess my conclusion is we shouldn't really point the fingers at individual players (like Dernbach), and instead just accept that the England team as a whole played badly. Career economy rates for Aus. bowlers ain't better.

  • Jonesrg50 on February 3, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    It's hard to understand why Dernbach was in the side to start with, but to use him as a "death bowler" is unfair on him as well as England as he appears not know how to rein in his anger/temper when under the cosh. He chirps constantly with the opposition rather than concentrating on performance. He has conceded more than 800 runs for 582 balls in international t20 and more than 2300 runs fir 1700 balls in all t20's - expensive at around 8.5 per over. Stuart Broad averages nearer 7 per over and class acts like Steyn nearer 6. Simply he is not good enough at present and will help lose more matches than win them.

  • on February 3, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Dernbach's figures in this series (1-141 off 11 overs) are the equivalent of going for 51 off 4 overs, and you won't win many T20 games with those figures. I think international batsmen have worked him out now, and it's time to go (his series by series bowling analysis suggests this, with ever increasing economy rates). Started off around 6 (good for T20) but since gone out to 9-12.

  • PFEL on February 3, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    I agree with most posters re the walking issue. If an umpire incorrectly gives you out you're not allowed to stand there and not walk, so why should you be expected to walk if an umpire gives you not out incorrectly? Broad is one of the only English cricketers this tour that can leave with some dignity. Superstar.

  • Rexton87 on February 3, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    If Dernbach has conceded zero runs in the final over England would still have lost by 58 runs , a huge margin in T20 so he should not be made a scapegaot for this defeat.

  • PFEL on February 3, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @Vithushan Ehantharajah, I love your writing, but as a hardcore Aussie supporter I love the commentary Slater, Warne, Taylor etc. (Healy I could go without). I can imagine how annoying it would be as an opposing team's fan though lol. Great article and fantastic to see you responding directly to fans!

  • Rexton87 on February 3, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    As a neutral I believe Broad deserved all the reception he got in Australia. It is is difficult to forgive someone not walking after being clearly out and profiting from it ( Australia lost a test match as a direct result of him not walking after the clearest of all edges). Also the whole English media was behind Broad for what he did and now you should be able to absorb all the boos and crticism, fair and sqaure.

  • on February 3, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Thank you for making comment on Channel 9's coverage. Thought I was a lone voice complaining on Twitter! Many of these guys do have some good cricketing insights; if only they could stop being the cheer squad and commentate instead!

  • Tumbarumbar on February 3, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    People need to accept that cricket commentators are now there to 'value add' and not simply let the 'cricket speak for itself'. The current generation of 9 commentators are engaging with their target audience which is after all the Australian domestic audience in the same way that Indian, NZ, Pakistani, South African, West Indian and even English commentators engage with their audiences. If people think that English commentators show less bias than ch 9 commentators they have not heard Botham, Willis, et al at the microphone.

  • Thegimp on February 3, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    I think the whole English Cricket Establishment would want to do a Cher and..............wait for it................Dernbach Time!!!!!

  • on February 3, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @enlightenedone. Vithusan is absolutely right about the Channel 9 commentators. Specially Mr Warne is disgracefully one sided. BBC commentators on the other hand are the best team of commentators by a million mile. I could not detect any sort of bias among the commentators on Sky. Perhaps its your biased opinion.

  • Nutcutlet on February 3, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Another extremely well written report: entertains and informs simultaneously, surely the mandatory requirement of all sports writing! Many thanks, Vithu! I'm looking forward to your county reports again in the summer. (I can now identify 'Cambria Math' too; I'd say it was the Mark Waugh of the font- battery;)

  • PFEL on February 3, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    @Ian Pearce, we know he went for 60 in the final, but 0/60 of 4 is actually a pretty good day for Dernbach

  • on February 3, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    As far as cricket tours go:This has been the worst cricket tour since someday once said "Lets go on a cricket tour?"

  • on February 3, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @enlightenedone: Thanks for the feedback. I should stress, I mean absolutely no disrespect to Healy, Slater, Taylor, Warne et al, as players. Undoubtedly fantastic servants of the game who have done enough to earn my unequivocal respect. But, at times, their commentary has been pretty unbearable. I'd say the English commentators are some of the best, not least because they're not afraid to criticise (they've had to do a lot of that over the last few months!). But thanks for taking the time to read this piece and I will take your comments on board.

  • on February 3, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Stuart Broad should have bowled the 18th &20th over.Leading from the front ,when the HAPPY hour (overs) starts.All 3 matches he finished his quota of overs by 15th or 16th over.May be as the captain he could decide when to bowl.Jade Dernbach was very expensive in the first 2matches.

  • Chris_P on February 3, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @dms1972. Yes there is an excuse. You wait for the umpire's decision, that's what he is paid & appointed to do. If he says not out, why should you walk? I also like Broad, he is a competitor & up for a tussle. No problem with him not walking, & by all feedback within my circle of friends & cricket players,no issue with him not walking either.

  • Chris_P on February 3, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    @deeplongon. Sorry to rain on your parade, sunshine, but I currently play cricket & every Aussie I have played with & against all agreed Broad did the right thing! Where do you get off stating that tripe? Batsmen bat, bowlers bowl & umpires umpire. The day an umpire helps me out by playing some of my shots for runs, is the day I'll start walking to help him out. And ditto for just about every Aussie cricketer. Wow......unbelievable!...

  • dunger.bob on February 3, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    I really enjoyed this article, even if there were a number of jabs at us. I agree about the Ch 9 commentary. I feel like reaching thru the screen and throttling some of them at times. Not sure about the tweet thing as I don't partake, but we do like to kick a team when it's down, so that's probably true as well. .. I guess it really was like dragging a long dead carcass around the country so everyone could watch it's battered body get flogged one more time, just for laughs really. .. All in all, welcome to Australia mate. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

    @ Hello13: There are lot's of Aussies who've warmed to Stuey, myself included. I think he's just a bloke trying his best to do his best for his country and I've got nothing against that. In fact, I admire it. .. many of those boo's where actually a show of respect. A bit of pantomime, that's all.

  • enlightenedone on February 3, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    nun in an orgy? i don't know whether to laugh or cringe. look Mr. ehantarajah you're obviously a very talented writer but don't you think your'e trying a little too hard? I mean some of your sentences are a little pretentious at times. and as for your opinion on the channel 9 commentary team. the fact is its natural for any person to be biased about their respective countries. the indian commentators are bias, so are the sky sports team, so are the aussies,and the Saffas.... that's the nature of the beast. youre entitled to your opinions but atleast choose your words carefully dont go offending some of the greats of the game.

  • featurewriter on February 3, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Whilst Broad performed better than most Englishmen on this tour of Australia with bat and ball, he failed miserably with his leadership and team commitments. Broad has been revealed as a player who places himself before the team. He showed a lack of courage, discipline and leadership on this tour. As the form bowler and leader, he should have bowled the death overs last night. He crucified Dernbach (who, to be fair, should never have been in the team). England have much greater depth of talent than was displayed here. As an Australian, I'm constantly amazed that they continue to overlook Onions. Hopefully, on the back of this catastrophe, players like Morgan, Buttler and Taylor will get a nod with the bat. Was also greatly impressed by the talent and mongrel displayed by Stokes; can't say the same for Root and Bairstow though.

  • on February 3, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Jade must be praying none of the IPL Bosses were watching that forgettable last over or his IPL career will be finished before it even started.

  • on February 3, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    It is apparent that all teams have now a days become home town bullies. The exception being South Africa and Bangladesh for different reasons. I am not sure if this is by design or otherwise as this "home town" thrashings bring in the home crowd in droves and thereby help to fill the coffers!

  • on February 3, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    It was good to see Bopara living up to the low expectations I have of him. Again.

  • dms1972 on February 3, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    @Hello13, as an Australian, I'm not ashamed to admit to being a Stuart Broad fan, I love the way he performs, but when you edge the ball to first slip, you really have no excuse for not walking.

  • DragonCricketer on February 2, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    mmmmmm. Maybe he should have gone to South Africa.

  • Stuart_Watson on February 2, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    "the belch that warns you that you are on the cusp of redecorating a pavement with the contents of your guts" - please find yourself some more elegant similes Mr Ehantharajah. That's really crass.

  • Avagoumug on February 2, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Good to see Dernbach get flogged by George after his disgraceful in your face performance to Cameron White in the last 20/20. Cant believe he did not get fined or repremanded...!!! Attitude and big headiness is a big problem in the English camp, the sooner they learn to concentrated on the game instead of themselves the better they may play. Joe Root needs to take a leaf out of Muirheads book on how to conduct himself. Roots over inflated opinion of his ability in his major downfall. Go back and have a look at yourself lad and come back when you start playing as good as you think you are....!!!

  • deeplongon on February 2, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    @Chris_P Every Aussie in the crowd KNOWS Broad did the wrong (ethical) thing. Just ask Adam Gilchrist. And he'll get booed for the rest of his career. Get used to it.

  • ShutTheGate on February 2, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    "nonsense masquerading as punditry" Are you kidding?

    They are legends of the game which your criticising - key parts of Australia's golden era.

    Sky sports commentators are also biased, but many of them were perpetual losers. Hussain and Atherton were bunnies when they played Australia.

  • Patchmaster on February 2, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    The fact that Ashley Giles even picked Dernbach, is a horrible sign for the future. I was really impressed with Jordan, his work ethic and cricket brain seem to show real promise. I genuinely think we need a change of selectors, more than anything. Please please don;t let Ashely Giles take the role of Flower. Giles was NOT a good one day player in any form, and I genuinely don't think he understands the game.

  • yorkshire-86 on February 2, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Darnbach was something new in his first 3 matches when batsmen hadnt seen him. In his next 49 odis/t20i's, he is played as simply a medium pacer with the odd quicker ball and is rendered totally useless. Where was Onions?

  • aussiebear68 on February 2, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    "like a nun in an orgy"...really ? Surely a self-respecting journalist can do better than that. I don't want to be seen to be taking any moral high ground here, but that sort of wording isn't needed. Kids read these articles too. Lift your game.

  • ivorycinnamon on February 2, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Keep writing, mate. What a refreshing read, language-wise. Enjoyed the analogies, especially. And spot on about the mundane biased flapping commentary disguised as punditry. Channel Nine needs to aim for greater balance. And this from an Aussie who loves his cricket.

  • sifter132 on February 2, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Vithushan Ehantharajah - take a bow mate, good writing!

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on February 2, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Haha nice article. I have missed the Twenty20s due to odd telecast hours in India that clashed with my working hours. Really love the tone and language of this article, it was easy to imagine what England went through, Jade Dernbach! Boy it must have been heart breaking for him. But all in all i would say every now and then England displayed individual brilliance, some real gifted youngsters in there. Eoin Morgan is captaincy material and deserves test cricket. I feel after KP he is the only one who is a little gifted in an otherwise mechanical batting lineup.

  • on February 2, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    @Jeremy Bradshaw: You are right in your own way...but England already have got enough bowlers who can bowl line and length....so there is nothing wrong in adding some variation in the form of dernbach...not to forget he bowled some excellent overs through out this T20 series.....but just one over made all his effort useless...

  • on February 2, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Ian Jones he went for 60 in the T20 final.

  • Chris_P on February 2, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    @Hello1. Yep, you're right, & they also know how to keep their foot on the throat. Actually, sunshine, if you had any knowledge of the game you would have known that not one Australian cricketer thought Broad did the wrong thing, it was a media beat-up. But if that is the only thing you can write about, get back to your humble pie, lad.

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    I think its a bad day for jade and selector must watch the whol series

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on February 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    @Raj Sundararaman: That's an insult to Ishant Sharma!

    This might have been a horror trip for many in the squad, but Dernbach differs in one respect: he's got a history of going round the park. One can only hope this is the last time we'll see him in an England shirt, but I understand he's in the IPL auction. Dernbach v Chris Gayle takes on a certain air of watchability :)

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Every time I Dernbach in a squad I ask what the hell the selectors are doing. He's been awful since his 3rd game! He seem to be living off a good performance on T20 finals day.

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    @Mayanak: Any success Dernbach had was bound to be short-lived as international class batsmen quickly work out his variations and when to expect them. Answer is to pick good intelligent bowlers who can bowl a line & length consistently to order, eg. Onions.

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Jade Dernbach is the Ishant Shrma of England. He has been mediocre for many years now but somehow gets in to England colors!

  • hambat on February 2, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    England really needed this humiliation down under to rid itself of Dernbach, Briggs, Bresnan and on-and-off players such as Morgan and Bopara (despite them taking ages to settle down at the crease in the shortest format of the game and repeatedly not turning up when needed). Also the selectors themselves should be looked at. I'm glad that Jordan was given a chance but I don't understand why Willey is still not named in the T20 squad.

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Dernbach's behavior after Australia won at MCG few days ago was nothing but mere frustration. His spat with Cameron White after losing the match for whatever old reason demonstrate inability to accept the fact he was hammered for some 50 odd runs in his 4 overs. He needs to take what is important as a bowler/cricketer and learn and prepare for the next game which not what happened. This is not only for Dernbach, for any cricketer who should get their act together to perform well. Having tattoos all over your body and piercing both ears would not help to get the best out of you. These players should learn to absorb what is necessary to perform well consistently and leave all other garbage out of your system including putting "words" out of your mouth after each delivery. That will complete you as a sportsman and that will sustain your position in the side.

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    @Jeremy Bradshaw: what selectors can do...same team few months ago was setting new standards....they just need a break...

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    i don't believe jade needs to be singled out the way he has been throughout dis series....there are enough of other non-performers on this team and the blame needs to be share among these folks as well along..hopefully, from a neutral fan point of view, we all can look forward to England regaining their competitive spirit in the forthcoming tours...

  • Hello13 on February 2, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I still cant get over the irony of australians booing broad for not walking. Because obviously Australian players are the perfect example of sportsmanship.

  • Herbet on February 2, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    why is Dernbach even still playing for England? He has been really really bad for at least 18 months now. Sums up the selectorial malaise that has contributed to the diabolical nature of this tour.

  • on February 2, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    It's not Dernbach's fault he's an average county cricketer at best - that's miles better than most of us who play the game ever achieve. Blame the selectors who keep picking him.

  • on February 2, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    It's not Dernbach's fault he's an average county cricketer at best - that's miles better than most of us who play the game ever achieve. Blame the selectors who keep picking him.

  • Herbet on February 2, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    why is Dernbach even still playing for England? He has been really really bad for at least 18 months now. Sums up the selectorial malaise that has contributed to the diabolical nature of this tour.

  • Hello13 on February 2, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I still cant get over the irony of australians booing broad for not walking. Because obviously Australian players are the perfect example of sportsmanship.

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    i don't believe jade needs to be singled out the way he has been throughout dis series....there are enough of other non-performers on this team and the blame needs to be share among these folks as well along..hopefully, from a neutral fan point of view, we all can look forward to England regaining their competitive spirit in the forthcoming tours...

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    @Jeremy Bradshaw: what selectors can do...same team few months ago was setting new standards....they just need a break...

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Dernbach's behavior after Australia won at MCG few days ago was nothing but mere frustration. His spat with Cameron White after losing the match for whatever old reason demonstrate inability to accept the fact he was hammered for some 50 odd runs in his 4 overs. He needs to take what is important as a bowler/cricketer and learn and prepare for the next game which not what happened. This is not only for Dernbach, for any cricketer who should get their act together to perform well. Having tattoos all over your body and piercing both ears would not help to get the best out of you. These players should learn to absorb what is necessary to perform well consistently and leave all other garbage out of your system including putting "words" out of your mouth after each delivery. That will complete you as a sportsman and that will sustain your position in the side.

  • hambat on February 2, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    England really needed this humiliation down under to rid itself of Dernbach, Briggs, Bresnan and on-and-off players such as Morgan and Bopara (despite them taking ages to settle down at the crease in the shortest format of the game and repeatedly not turning up when needed). Also the selectors themselves should be looked at. I'm glad that Jordan was given a chance but I don't understand why Willey is still not named in the T20 squad.

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Jade Dernbach is the Ishant Shrma of England. He has been mediocre for many years now but somehow gets in to England colors!

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    @Mayanak: Any success Dernbach had was bound to be short-lived as international class batsmen quickly work out his variations and when to expect them. Answer is to pick good intelligent bowlers who can bowl a line & length consistently to order, eg. Onions.

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Every time I Dernbach in a squad I ask what the hell the selectors are doing. He's been awful since his 3rd game! He seem to be living off a good performance on T20 finals day.