England call for Dernbach

Surrey seamer and Finn to battle it out for vacant Test spot

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 01/06/11 8:33am

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Dernbach: England call-up

Dernbach: England call-up

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England have announced their 12-man squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka, with Jade Dernbach named as a replacement for the injured James Anderson.

Surrey seamer Dernbach and Steven Finn will now battle it out for the vacant spot in the side to face the wounded tourists at Lord's on Friday.

Anderson looks likely to miss the remainder of the three-Test series after suffering a side-strain during England's dramatic first Test victory at Cardiff.

Uncapped Dernbach, 25, edged out competition from the likes of Graeme Onions and Ajmal Shahzad to take his place in the Test squad for the first time.

And national selector Geoff Miller admitted the pace bowler's nine-wicket match haul for the England Lions against the tourists at Derby played its part in his inclusion.


Miller, said: "It's obviously disappointing to lose Jimmy Anderson for the next Test as he is world-class and the leader of our attack but we're fortunate to have a healthy stock of pace bowlers at present.

"We're hopeful Jimmy will be available for the third Test but in the meantime we're excited by Jade Dernbach's inclusion.

"Jade is a talented young bowler and after excelling with the England Performance Programme over the winter he enjoyed considerable success with the ball against Sri Lanka while playing for the England Lions prior to the first npower Test."

Speaking on the likelihood of Anderson returning in time for the third Test at the Rose Bowl, England's chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce said: "The nature of Jimmy's injury is a grade one tear which is a low-end injury but given it's a side strain we need to proceed cautiously which is why he has been ruled out of the second npower Test at Lord's.

"We're hopeful Jimmy will be available for the third Test but in the meantime we're excited by Jade Dernbach's inclusion. "
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"We have also taken into account the short turnaround between Test matches and we feel it is best for Jimmy to spend the next week receiving treatment and rest in order to give him the best chance for selection for the final Test in the series.

"Once he has undertaken this period of rest and rehabilitation we will be able to make a definitive decision on his availability for the third npower Test."

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