Surrey bowler Jade Dernbach was today called up to England’s squad for the second npower Test at Lord’s, commencing Friday June 3, after James Anderson was ruled out due to a side strain suffered during the first npower Test in Cardiff.
Dernbach, who replaces Anderson as the only addition to an otherwise unchanged squad of 12, remains uncapped at international level despite being called up to England’s ODI squad for the ICC World Cup quarter-final against Sri Lanka in March.
Dernbach was not selected to play in that match but recently collected nine wickets for England Lions in the tour match against Sri Lanka.
Anderson suffered a grade one side strain during England’s first innings in the first npower Test and will continue to receive treatment and rehabilitation before a decision is made on his participation in the third and final npower Test at the Rose Bowl, starting June 16.
National selector Geoff 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 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 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 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.”
England Squad For Second Test
- Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)
- Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
- Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
- Alastair Cook (Essex)
- Jade Dernbach (Surrey)
- Steven Finn (Middlesex)
- Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
- Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
- Matt Prior (Sussex)
- Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
- Chris Tremlett (Surrey)
- Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)