Tuesday 31 May 2011 

Dernbach Replaces Injured Anderson For Lord's Test

Dernbach Replaces Injured Anderson For Lord's Test
Dernbach Replaces Injured Anderson For Lord's Test
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England have called up uncapped Surrey quick bowler Jade Dernbach ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka, which begins on Friday 3rd June at Lord's.

Dernbach replaces James Anderson, who has been ruled out of the game with a grade one side strain which prevented him from bowling during England's dramatic final day at Cardiff.

They won the opening match by an innings and 14 runs by bowling Sri Lanka out for 82 in 24.4 overs with just three overs.

Dernbach's inclusion is the only chance to the 12-man squad that was named for Cardiff with him and Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn likely to be competing for Anderson's place in the side.

Although uncapped, Dernbach did join up with England's World Cup squad earlier this year ahead of the quarter-final against Sri Lanka and recently took nine wickets against the tourists for the England Lions.

Born in South Africa, he is a product of Surrey's academy and the 25-year-old made his first-class debut in 2003.

"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," national selector Geoff Miller said.

"We're hopeful Jimmy will be available for the third npower 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."

ECB Chief medical officer, Dr Nick Peirce, added: "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 2nd npower Test at Lord's. 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 3rd npower Test."

England squad for second Test: Andrew Strauss (captain), Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott

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