England call for Dernbach

Surrey bowler brought into squad to replace Shahzad

Last Updated: 19/03/11 1:08pm

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Dernbach: Called into squad

Dernbach: Called into squad

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Surrey paceman Jade Dernbach has been given a surprise call up to the England World Cup squad to replace injured bowler Ajmal Shahzad.

The 24-year-old has not been included in a senior England squad before, but has spent the winter with the England Performance Programme in Australia was also in the England Lions squad for their tour of the West Indies.

Dernbach's selection may be seen as something as a shock, though, as he has been preferred to the likes of Steven Finn and Chris Woakes, who both played in the one-day series against Australia before the World Cup.

Shahzad was forced to withdraw from the squad after picking up a hamstring injury and the International Cricket Council have confirmed Dernbach as his replacement.

Progress

England 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 2008/9 in Florida and Chennai, 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 knockout stages of the World Cup."

Dernbach was born in South Africa but has played his entire senior cricket career for Surrey after the county gave him a debut at just 17 years old.

He has been under the watch of England as part of the ECB fast bowling programme over the last two years and is currently the Lions' leading wicket-taker in the Caribbean.

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