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Dernbach in for injured Anderson

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 14:46 [IST]
 
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Dernbach in for injured Anderson

London, May 31: Injured England fast bowler James Anderson who has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka has left some pretty sizable shoes to fill. But the English Cricket Board (ECB) selection panel believes that uncapped Surrey speedster Jade Dernbach is equal to the task.

Dernbach was called up to England's ODI squad for the World Cup quarter-final against Sri Lanka in March. He wasn't selected to play in that match but recently garnered nine wickets for the England Lions in the tour match against Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Steven Finn who last made a Test appearance in the second Ashes Test last year, will ostensibly be kept on stand-by. Finn who was initially chosen for the first Test against Lanka, was dropped on the morning of the first day. If he joins fellow fast men Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad, the trio will comprise the tallest pace attack ever (all three bowlers are over 6"5' tall).

England will miss Anderson's new-ball abilities at Lord's, a venue where he has claimed 36 wickets in 9 matches, including two of his ten five-wicket hauls. He will continue to receive treatment and rehabilitation before a decision is made on his participation in the third and final Test at the Rose Bowl, starting June 16.

"It's a very slight side strain, but you have to take these things on a case-by-case basis," said England's captain, Andrew Strauss. "Hopefully he'll be around for the third Test, but we can't guarantee it."

Aside from a brief appearance as nightwatchman, Anderson did not feature in the latter stages of the just conluded Cardiff Test. But oddly enough, his absence didn't deter hsi team-mates from surging to an incredible innings-and-14-run victory after bowling Sri Lanka out for 82 in just 24.4 overs on the final afternoon of the match.

"It's a very slight side strain, but you have to take these things on a case-by-case basis," said England's captain, Andrew Strauss. "Hopefully he'll be around for the third Test, but we can't guarantee it."

However, Strauss indicated that a shorter paceman would bring some varierty to their attack. "We certainly want the option of a skiddier bowler, but whether he makes the final XI is another matter," he said.

England squad Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.

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