England v SA, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 29, 2014

England pay for Dernbach's latest calamity cameo

There were other negatives with the ball and in the field but ultimately 26 runs in nine balls from Jade Dernbach swept England's World T20 hopes away into the Bay of Bengal
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England are not out of the World T20 yet. Although that is only because the formality of one last commitment against Netherlands awaits. They lost one rain-affected match, another in superficially close circumstances and in between pulled off their greatest T20 chase. Few expected them to do much better, after the winter they have had.

But there will be regrets about how this game slithered away from them, as another wayward performance with the ball and in the field pushed the batting too far into the red. England had won the toss and, in light of the ever-present dew, seemingly half the battle. Instead, South Africa became the first team to defend a total in the late slot during Chittagong's second-round matches.

It began with Jos Buttler missing a simple stumping but ended most emphatically with the sight of Jade Dernbach, a glass cage of emotion at the best of times, being taken apart by AB de Villiers on his way to the fastest T20 fifty by a South African. As de Villiers unfurled his full range, including an eye-popping reverse sweep off Chris Jordan and a trampoline scoop over deep square leg against Tim Bresnan's attempted yorker, 55 runs cascaded from the last three overs and swept England's hopes away into the Bay of Bengal.

The mitigation for Dernbach usually goes as follows: he bowls in the Powerplays and at the end, he is bound to get some tap. Unfortunately, he no longer seems able to stop the tap running, with England constantly having to deal with an overflowing bath. This was worse than his 0 for 49 in Sydney in January, although the wet ball, which resulted in one chest-high beamer, clearly caused problems. Too much variation is usually the issue but here Dernbach was consistent, monotonously finding the wrong length.

De Villiers sometimes seems to bat like he is a savant, for whom normal limitations such as the pitch or the opponent don't seem to apply. This time, both were to his liking. Dernbach's third over, the 18th of South Africa's innings, did not take much transcending but he could perhaps console himself with the thought that de Villiers has spiked better bowlers - namely Dale Steyn, during an IPL mini-epic for Royal Challengers Bangalore two years ago - and will doubtless do so again.

Two fours, two sixes, two wides, a two, a single and a no-ball was the pared-back, stripped-down, acoustic version, minus the screeching feedback. Nine balls, 26 runs - a number that comfortably encompassed England's margin of defeat. The anti-Jade brigade was in full voice, with even the coach of Hong Kong (an Australian, it has to be said) chipping in. "Has Dernbach got an IPL gig? #deserves" tweeted Charlie Burke.

"It was an important over, with the short boundary," de Villiers said. "We hadn't had a lot of big overs, I felt it was time. The bounce of the ball was in my side, unfortunately for him his execution wasn't spot on. He's a really good bowler but with the wet ball and the short boundary, it was my night."

As ever with a Dernbach calamity cameo, there was a dropped catch, though Buttler did his best to atone for earlier errors with a full-length dive after David Miller had gloved a pull behind. For all that Dernbach does not seemed to have learned a great deal from his three years as an England player, there is a touching honesty about his performances and his pain; the doleful look in his eyes can be genuinely affecting. Dernbach wears his heart on his sleeve, somewhere among all the tattoos.

Sentimentality aside, though, an economy rate of 8.71 - joint worst of bowlers who have sent down 300 deliveries or more in T20 - is likely to be his epitaph. We may not see England's third-highest wicket-taker in the format in a solar red shirt again.

This match was not a highly buffed spectacle of uber cricket, de Villiers aside. Dernbach and Buttler had the messiest copybooks but there were plenty of other examples. Moeen Ali dropped de Villiers on to the rope for four; Wayne Parnell started with a leg-side wide and then fell over in his follow-through (although he more than made amends); the umpire Rod Tucker even denied South Africa the wicket of Alex Hales by overzealously no-balling Albie Morkel.

Perhaps this is what you get when you play cricket with a bar of soap in a sauna where the lights keep going out and the floor is in a state of permanently being mopped.

There may have been a lot of Kentucky Fried Cricket on offer but only de Villiers was in possession of the special recipe. The crowd had had their fill and the last knockings of England's run chase, completed some four hours after the game had begun, were overseen by plenty of empty seats. Hales had briefly threatened to rain down mayhem again but by the time Ravi Bopara was taking aim at the stands in a by-now-familiar exercise in futility, few were left to worry about getting hit.

"At the end of the day, T20 is an entertainment business," Stuart Broad said afterwards. It brought to mind a line spoken by Russell Crowe in Gladiator as he stands in the middle of a bloodied arena: "Are you not entertained?"

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • coatsie89 on March 30, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Dernbach hard done by for me. Broad not bowled well in T20s for as long as I can remember. Bresnan gets mullered every time at the end. It was obvious from ball one that AB was intent on going big and as arguably the best batsman in the world, I would suggest even the previous greats of Warne, Murali etc would've been dispatched yesterday. You need to take 8 runs off Dernbach's figures anyway; the wide which AB hit the cover off which then led to a no-ball and a 6 afterwards from the extra ball gave South Africa that momentum through appalling officiating.

  • on March 30, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    @Now you know .KP is gone .Why are you crying for him to come back .You say they wont win anything of note without him then you mean they will not win anything in the future(KP will not be around till 80 years of age ) .Of course its Jade Dernbachs fault .That guy has been proved incompetent a number of times .I d like to see a steven finn in there or any other bowler they have in england and theyll do much better than Dernbach .

  • NowYouKnow on March 30, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    The Loss has nothing to do with Durnbach, I suggest the reason for the loss is 2 words Kevin Pietersen He should have been there Mark my words England will not win anything of note without him No test series of note no world cup and no T20

  • bobmartin on March 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    It's OK guys.. it's the team ethic..If you buy into the team ethic.. your place is secure no matter how poorly you perform. That's why most of the 11 who played and lost last night are still there after consistently failing in previous matches.. Fail to conform and no matter how good you are.. you are OUT.. there's no place for you. . and that's why players like Carberry, Patel, Trego, and many others of the same ilk are not there. However.. I'm not quite sure what part of the team ethic covers dragging Bell first to the WI and then to Bangladesh and not playing him...or Kieswetter.. summoned urgently and not used. Mysterious to say the least..

  • No.444 on March 30, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @Anuj Sejra: did you watch the game? Your best batsman was gifted a bunch of runs by not being given out. A bit worse than a dodgy wide call. Eng had more of the luck - toss,dew,lights,no-ball etc. and still lost, mainly due to rubbish fielding, dropped catches and missed stumpings. Maybe look inwards and you'll see the real problems instead of blaming a dodgy wide call or two. A good team overcomes life's curveballs - like SA did after the no-ball. They got back to work and got him out again and made plans to nullify the extra runs gifted to England. Btw, the only reason it came so close is Steyn made sure he bowled no noballs or wides. Eng were well beaten. The score was very flattering.

  • on March 30, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Parnell got two wickets with MASSIVE no balls. One a good six inches over. England's top order destroyed... By no balls. No one talks about that. Where was the third umpire? Where was DRS?

  • Biohazard7279 on March 30, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @Anuj Sejra, if you bring that into consideration, you should also remember that Alex Hales was dismissed early on by Albie Morkel, but he was unfairly no-balled. Hales went on to score a further 30 runs if I remember correctly, so I'd say England might have benefited more from Umpire mistakes.

  • PandemoniumBawa on March 30, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    England was a bit unlucky to lose first match by D/L but they have been too inconsistent in their performance..

    Why didn't Bopara bowl 4 overs.. He is one of their better bowlers.. He can bowl regularly and give small 7-8 runs overs.. Also, he bowled well yesterday.. 13 in 2 overs is rather good.. Even Tredwell didn't finish his 4 overs..

    Then, Dernbach is a bad selection.. He has tried his best to prove that.. His economy rate is above 10 in this series.. But seems no one wants to take notice.. From the team, they could have played a spinner like Parrry rather than him.. 4 fast bowlers.. They have been too rigid to even realise some small facts..

  • on March 30, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Actually one gotta feel for Dernbach. Agreed he is expensive but whats more perplexing is that he is emotionally so fragile. One bad decision or one drop catch, he is shattered to pieces.

    Forget about Dilscoop, forget about Marilier cut or any other unorthodox shot in cricket you can imagine, none dares to do it ABD way, i mean how can you shuffle to off then get down on your knees then reverse sweep a fastball bowled at 148kph!!!!! thats inhuman...:)

  • jackiethepen on March 30, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Giles made an early call on sticking with the same team "to give them confidence" instead of using the warm up games to try out players in different roles. Bopara always seemed to come in too late. Morgan and Buttler were coming in too early. Moeen Ali at 3 has gone under the radar but if you look at other teams they have very strong players batting at 3. Ali proved to be a weak link. England had lost Root and Wright to injury but Wright was in very poor form and Root is still unconvincing. They were missing KP of course. Even so England were clearly a decent batsman light because they were trying to shore up the very poor bowling attack. Meanwhile Bell was sitting on the sidelines. It always seemed a strange decision to not try Bell out. All the international teams - with the exception of Australia - have a batsman of Bell's class in their t20 side. It pays off. Alma, de Villiers, Jayawardene, Kohli, have all thrived in t20 as did Dravid and Tendulkar in the IPL.

  • coatsie89 on March 30, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Dernbach hard done by for me. Broad not bowled well in T20s for as long as I can remember. Bresnan gets mullered every time at the end. It was obvious from ball one that AB was intent on going big and as arguably the best batsman in the world, I would suggest even the previous greats of Warne, Murali etc would've been dispatched yesterday. You need to take 8 runs off Dernbach's figures anyway; the wide which AB hit the cover off which then led to a no-ball and a 6 afterwards from the extra ball gave South Africa that momentum through appalling officiating.

  • on March 30, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    @Now you know .KP is gone .Why are you crying for him to come back .You say they wont win anything of note without him then you mean they will not win anything in the future(KP will not be around till 80 years of age ) .Of course its Jade Dernbachs fault .That guy has been proved incompetent a number of times .I d like to see a steven finn in there or any other bowler they have in england and theyll do much better than Dernbach .

  • NowYouKnow on March 30, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    The Loss has nothing to do with Durnbach, I suggest the reason for the loss is 2 words Kevin Pietersen He should have been there Mark my words England will not win anything of note without him No test series of note no world cup and no T20

  • bobmartin on March 30, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    It's OK guys.. it's the team ethic..If you buy into the team ethic.. your place is secure no matter how poorly you perform. That's why most of the 11 who played and lost last night are still there after consistently failing in previous matches.. Fail to conform and no matter how good you are.. you are OUT.. there's no place for you. . and that's why players like Carberry, Patel, Trego, and many others of the same ilk are not there. However.. I'm not quite sure what part of the team ethic covers dragging Bell first to the WI and then to Bangladesh and not playing him...or Kieswetter.. summoned urgently and not used. Mysterious to say the least..

  • No.444 on March 30, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @Anuj Sejra: did you watch the game? Your best batsman was gifted a bunch of runs by not being given out. A bit worse than a dodgy wide call. Eng had more of the luck - toss,dew,lights,no-ball etc. and still lost, mainly due to rubbish fielding, dropped catches and missed stumpings. Maybe look inwards and you'll see the real problems instead of blaming a dodgy wide call or two. A good team overcomes life's curveballs - like SA did after the no-ball. They got back to work and got him out again and made plans to nullify the extra runs gifted to England. Btw, the only reason it came so close is Steyn made sure he bowled no noballs or wides. Eng were well beaten. The score was very flattering.

  • on March 30, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Parnell got two wickets with MASSIVE no balls. One a good six inches over. England's top order destroyed... By no balls. No one talks about that. Where was the third umpire? Where was DRS?

  • Biohazard7279 on March 30, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @Anuj Sejra, if you bring that into consideration, you should also remember that Alex Hales was dismissed early on by Albie Morkel, but he was unfairly no-balled. Hales went on to score a further 30 runs if I remember correctly, so I'd say England might have benefited more from Umpire mistakes.

  • PandemoniumBawa on March 30, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    England was a bit unlucky to lose first match by D/L but they have been too inconsistent in their performance..

    Why didn't Bopara bowl 4 overs.. He is one of their better bowlers.. He can bowl regularly and give small 7-8 runs overs.. Also, he bowled well yesterday.. 13 in 2 overs is rather good.. Even Tredwell didn't finish his 4 overs..

    Then, Dernbach is a bad selection.. He has tried his best to prove that.. His economy rate is above 10 in this series.. But seems no one wants to take notice.. From the team, they could have played a spinner like Parrry rather than him.. 4 fast bowlers.. They have been too rigid to even realise some small facts..

  • on March 30, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Actually one gotta feel for Dernbach. Agreed he is expensive but whats more perplexing is that he is emotionally so fragile. One bad decision or one drop catch, he is shattered to pieces.

    Forget about Dilscoop, forget about Marilier cut or any other unorthodox shot in cricket you can imagine, none dares to do it ABD way, i mean how can you shuffle to off then get down on your knees then reverse sweep a fastball bowled at 148kph!!!!! thats inhuman...:)

  • jackiethepen on March 30, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Giles made an early call on sticking with the same team "to give them confidence" instead of using the warm up games to try out players in different roles. Bopara always seemed to come in too late. Morgan and Buttler were coming in too early. Moeen Ali at 3 has gone under the radar but if you look at other teams they have very strong players batting at 3. Ali proved to be a weak link. England had lost Root and Wright to injury but Wright was in very poor form and Root is still unconvincing. They were missing KP of course. Even so England were clearly a decent batsman light because they were trying to shore up the very poor bowling attack. Meanwhile Bell was sitting on the sidelines. It always seemed a strange decision to not try Bell out. All the international teams - with the exception of Australia - have a batsman of Bell's class in their t20 side. It pays off. Alma, de Villiers, Jayawardene, Kohli, have all thrived in t20 as did Dravid and Tendulkar in the IPL.

  • Blackholesun on March 30, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    "De Villiers sometimes seems to bat like he is a savant, for whom normal limitations such as the pitch or the opponent don't seem to apply"

    Very True ! In my opinion he has the most innovative shot making capabilities in this format and he sometimes displays them in ODI format too.

  • on March 30, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Find another Jordan and dump Dernbach thats the mantra for England !!

  • on March 30, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    I lost count of the number of times I had wondered why England keep on going back to Dernbach. I still don't understand!

  • on March 30, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    This article only talk about the negative about how he throw a beamer. Does anyone remember the fault of the umpire. he throw a genuine ball and was given a no ball. next ball went for six. therefore he end up giving 7 runs due to umpire mistake. next over the umpire gave a wide to a delivery that came from toe end of the bat. thats 8 crucial runs given freely to opponents just due to bad umpiring. england didn't lose the match due to bowlers but due to bad umpiring.

  • ahtisham321 on March 30, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    i think dernbach i by relative of ECB or S broad in previously one over 5*4=20 hit M samuel in australia series he Will costly bowler Why he play in Pakistan i didnot play him for any domestic team why england play C woakes in dugout and change the captain AND OUT FOR BIG THREE IN ANY tornament india is First and second australia and england out of tournament you build the cricket in country you leave big three and envolement of india this Wt20 is IPL drama Second stander team of india can purchase WIndies Dollar Hungry

  • on March 30, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    England need steven finn. He is a great bowler in t20 and odi's,unfortunately his confidence was damped by the ecb and ecb's selection comitee. Broad and cook never takes any responsilbilty...

  • Rahul_78 on March 30, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Englands team selection has been deplorable throughout this season. They missed the trick by not playing Ian Bell and Samit Patel. Bell is a class act period. And class is what matters as shown by AB last night. In a tournament where spinners are dictating the terms of the match Samit Patel would have come handy as Tredwell has done a decent job at the other end. Patel is also a decent bat. About Dernbach it is no good kicking someone when he is down. He tried his best but he came up in difficult circumstances against worlds best batsmen. Broad and Giles needs to explain why they kept persisting with him. Broad also needs to explain being sides senior bowler why he shied away from the responsibility of bowling with new ball and bowling in the death overs (19-20). No surprise that England are on their way out.

  • Faz63 on March 30, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Stuart Broad.....yes what is he in the team for. You'd at the very least to expect a captain to dig in and sort things out.....he's not a batsmen so can't shore up things.....regards bowling, well what can I say other than he needs to lead from the front.....Morgan is my option as captain, Bopara should open with hales....shame Ben stokes became unavailable.....oh and whatever happened to bell? No comment on Giles as coach.

  • Umair_umair on March 30, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Not sure what Broad is doing in the team? HE was the 6th bowler in the innigs? Should he not lead the bowling? as he is supposed to be the main attacking and expereince bowler. He was though to be an allrounder, but he doesn't come to bat untill No. 9? Hiding in both bowling and batting? he is a captain. Its the time England should look to Morga or Bopara for t20- roles.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 30, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    I feel strongly now that its Sri lanka's time this time...

  • SamWintson92 on March 30, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    1. Broad shouldn't be the T20I captain. I prefer Eoin Morgan. 2. Ya, Giles should resign along with everyone of Eng management who are responsible for the dump of KP. 3. Dernbach was effective when he first arrived in 2011/12. But now he's completely fallen off the radder & lost Eng many matches. Although he has box of tricks, he's become way expensive as stats shows. I'm afraid we may have seen the last of Dernbach for some time. 4. It's not that I dislike Dernbach but if you ask me would I have him in my side or would I take a bet on him, my firm answer is a big no with the amount of matches he's lost for Eng recently. 5. Eng needs someone like Azharullah or Topley who were in the leading wickets chart in FLT20. & ''KP SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK''.

  • amitgarg78 on March 30, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Dernbach doesn't quite deserve to be in the squad. His skill on slow, slow, slower balls might hv bn good once, but now bopara does the same, while going for less than JD. England can surely use another spinner like Patel In these conditions, ahead of him.

    And, the comments like "surprising others" or "entertainment business" must reflect the lack of confidence on their ability in the format. For a group of former winners, it is surely not a good sign. This is a World Cup, not some league cricket. But then, are we really surprised to see England go out before the knock out stage?

  • Highflyer_GP on March 30, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Not sure why Dernbach is copping the blame. Broad didn't bowl himself in the power play overs or at the death, in order to protect his figures so that the blame can be passed on to someone else. Broad is entirely to blame.

  • Gevelsis on March 30, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Excellent piece Alan. The line re bar of soap in a sauna - classic. One must ask though what England are thinking, batting Bopara and Jordan(!) above Bresnan, given Bresnan's exploits in the last over of this match, and in cameos prior to this. Not clever management.

  • on March 30, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    England had a lucky day with Sri Lanka thanks to the dropped catch off Hales by Jayawardena when Hales was on 55. Sorry guys you will not get that kind of luck always. Do stay where you are at the bottom of rankings. Of course on both occasions you batted second and with wet ball you had an advantage of over 20 runs, yet could not convert it to a win. Better luck next time.

  • sifter132 on March 30, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    If you're quoting Anchorman, I'm pretty sure it's glass case, not glass cage. Was certainly an interesting game full of adventure...and the usual Dernbach dross. He's got the skills, but does he have the execution??

  • Rugsy on March 30, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    That was beautifully written. If Dernbach wears his heart in his sleeve, Stuart Broad is no different. As the AB carnage was at its bloodiest, Broad's expressions ranged from astonishment to anger, from frustration to self pity, from rueful smiles to near tears. It was like watching an actor in a Shakespearean drama - a tragedy, undoubtedly.

  • Yorks1 on March 30, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    Buttler is not as good as he has always proclaimed himself to be so not surprised at his weak performance. Dernbach? Is any one surprised. For once Broad is right, T20 is entertainment and England aspire to produce a Comedy of Errors!

  • RodStark on March 29, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    England's bowling really has been their problem. They just don't have that one special bowler that other teams have whoim the opposition just want to get through. All of Ebgland's are equally innocuous and targetable.

  • IanHosier on March 29, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    Along with many others, I have wondered for more than a year now what further evidence do the England seelctors need, to demonstrate the Jade Dernbach manifestly does not have the ability to justify his continued selection.

    His T20I 'economy' average of 8.71 masks the fact that he escaped heavy punishment early on in his English appearances.

    However, once the opposing batsmen learnt to see beyond the confusing swirl of tattoos, the rate has been escalating.

    In 2014, across 9 matches, his runs/ over rate is now 11.

    Add to that a batting average of around 2.5, and the regular dropped catches/ mis-fields, the continued selection has just become completely baffling.

    Even the much-maligned Monty Panesar would have been a better bet!

    It is hard to lay the blame at Jade's door - that must be with those who have kept selecting him.

    Perhaps Ashley Giles will now follow him out of the door.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on March 29, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Dernbach has all the gear, but ultimately no idea. There are very few who can bowl at 90mph and have a good back of the hand slower ball. However, his mental frailties and lack of cricketing nous are an embarrassment.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on March 29, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Perhaps commentators and fans asking "what is the point of Jade Dernabach" have missed the point. After all, in the post-KP era with its emphasis on team ethic and spirit what could be more helpful for the rest of the team than to have Dernbach there to make them feel better about their own limited performances and to take the brunt of the criticism and fun-poking.

  • on March 29, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    .... not to mention the umpire giving a wide against England when the batsman actually hit the ball, and the extra ball went for six. England have not really bowled or fielded well enough. Moeen Ali will be great in the 50 over game, but I don't think he or even Joe Root (whom he replaced) are T20 players. KP is missed as a batsman, but not, one supposes, as a person.

  • niazbhi on March 29, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    "he no longer seems able to stop the tap running". I have never seen him to anything to stop runs. Jordan, Broad, Rankin, Bresnan all are better options. If India can have Kumar sucessfully bowl 3 over up front, why cannot england try that with Anderson.Onions.

  • deedeeess on March 29, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Dernbach is unsuited for international cricket; it took the Melbourne stars one season to work out that he was unsuited for premier domestic T20s.

    But that is only half the problem: If you play 5 specialist bowlers, you must expect them all to bowl out. England played 7 bowlers today, and then found themselves relying on Jordan and Bresnan to assist Bopara in chasing a very stiff total with 2 overs of Steyn to face. Yes they can both hit a long ball, but with the other 7 nations having the likes of Faulkner/Haddin, Afridi/Akmal, Jadeja, Behardien, Sammy/Ramdin, Anderson/Ronchi and Chandimal at number 7 you can't claim they are in the same league.

    Quite simply, England do not have the luxury of carrying bad bowlers who can't bat.

  • Nutcutlet on March 29, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Yes Dernbach was awful, but there are genuine mitigating circumstances - as the article points out. If we're being honest, this comp is probably being played in the wrong country because it can't guarantee power for more than a few of hours at a time and the dew makes a mockery of cricket. As anyone who's attempted to play with a slimy ball, slipped and regularly lost footing on a saturated outfield knows, two of the three skills have been largely discounted by the conditions. It becomes little more than a lottery. Little wonder that wicket-falls are minimal in the late fixtures. But that is the world we live in these days. Qatar must have a football WC and Bangladesh must have a cricket t20 WC. The conditions are subsidiary to commercial interests. Does anyone believe that the OVERALL standard of cricket being served up is of genuine quality? I don't - and it's about time some people, our experts, started to say so. The players won't (in public).

  • AsifAbbasi on March 29, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Stuart broad is the biggest loser i guess.... At least be gracious when you lose!!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 29, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Sorry, but I blame this one on Broad's poor captaincy. Time and time again he has refused to bowl out his most economical bowlers, and use the likes of Bopara and Ali more smartly. Terrific effort from England's batsmen, but ultimately Broad's lack of gumption to use up the overs from spinners/miscellaneous bowlers who fair well in this format (especially in these conditions) has put the final nails in the coffin for England in this tournament.

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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 29, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Sorry, but I blame this one on Broad's poor captaincy. Time and time again he has refused to bowl out his most economical bowlers, and use the likes of Bopara and Ali more smartly. Terrific effort from England's batsmen, but ultimately Broad's lack of gumption to use up the overs from spinners/miscellaneous bowlers who fair well in this format (especially in these conditions) has put the final nails in the coffin for England in this tournament.

  • AsifAbbasi on March 29, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Stuart broad is the biggest loser i guess.... At least be gracious when you lose!!

  • Nutcutlet on March 29, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Yes Dernbach was awful, but there are genuine mitigating circumstances - as the article points out. If we're being honest, this comp is probably being played in the wrong country because it can't guarantee power for more than a few of hours at a time and the dew makes a mockery of cricket. As anyone who's attempted to play with a slimy ball, slipped and regularly lost footing on a saturated outfield knows, two of the three skills have been largely discounted by the conditions. It becomes little more than a lottery. Little wonder that wicket-falls are minimal in the late fixtures. But that is the world we live in these days. Qatar must have a football WC and Bangladesh must have a cricket t20 WC. The conditions are subsidiary to commercial interests. Does anyone believe that the OVERALL standard of cricket being served up is of genuine quality? I don't - and it's about time some people, our experts, started to say so. The players won't (in public).

  • deedeeess on March 29, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Dernbach is unsuited for international cricket; it took the Melbourne stars one season to work out that he was unsuited for premier domestic T20s.

    But that is only half the problem: If you play 5 specialist bowlers, you must expect them all to bowl out. England played 7 bowlers today, and then found themselves relying on Jordan and Bresnan to assist Bopara in chasing a very stiff total with 2 overs of Steyn to face. Yes they can both hit a long ball, but with the other 7 nations having the likes of Faulkner/Haddin, Afridi/Akmal, Jadeja, Behardien, Sammy/Ramdin, Anderson/Ronchi and Chandimal at number 7 you can't claim they are in the same league.

    Quite simply, England do not have the luxury of carrying bad bowlers who can't bat.

  • niazbhi on March 29, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    "he no longer seems able to stop the tap running". I have never seen him to anything to stop runs. Jordan, Broad, Rankin, Bresnan all are better options. If India can have Kumar sucessfully bowl 3 over up front, why cannot england try that with Anderson.Onions.

  • on March 29, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    .... not to mention the umpire giving a wide against England when the batsman actually hit the ball, and the extra ball went for six. England have not really bowled or fielded well enough. Moeen Ali will be great in the 50 over game, but I don't think he or even Joe Root (whom he replaced) are T20 players. KP is missed as a batsman, but not, one supposes, as a person.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on March 29, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Perhaps commentators and fans asking "what is the point of Jade Dernabach" have missed the point. After all, in the post-KP era with its emphasis on team ethic and spirit what could be more helpful for the rest of the team than to have Dernbach there to make them feel better about their own limited performances and to take the brunt of the criticism and fun-poking.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on March 29, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Dernbach has all the gear, but ultimately no idea. There are very few who can bowl at 90mph and have a good back of the hand slower ball. However, his mental frailties and lack of cricketing nous are an embarrassment.

  • IanHosier on March 29, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    Along with many others, I have wondered for more than a year now what further evidence do the England seelctors need, to demonstrate the Jade Dernbach manifestly does not have the ability to justify his continued selection.

    His T20I 'economy' average of 8.71 masks the fact that he escaped heavy punishment early on in his English appearances.

    However, once the opposing batsmen learnt to see beyond the confusing swirl of tattoos, the rate has been escalating.

    In 2014, across 9 matches, his runs/ over rate is now 11.

    Add to that a batting average of around 2.5, and the regular dropped catches/ mis-fields, the continued selection has just become completely baffling.

    Even the much-maligned Monty Panesar would have been a better bet!

    It is hard to lay the blame at Jade's door - that must be with those who have kept selecting him.

    Perhaps Ashley Giles will now follow him out of the door.

  • RodStark on March 29, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    England's bowling really has been their problem. They just don't have that one special bowler that other teams have whoim the opposition just want to get through. All of Ebgland's are equally innocuous and targetable.