Dernbach added to England squad

May 31, 2011
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England have added uncapped Surrey seam bowler Jade Dernbach to their squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

The 25-year-old is included in the squad as Jimmy Anderson is struggling with a side strain and will not feature in the Lord's Test, which is scheduled to start on Friday.

Dernbach was called up as cover at the World Cup earlier this year, but has yet to make his international debut.

Middlesex's Steve Finn, who was 12th man for the first Test, which England won by an innings and 14 runs, is expected to play on his home ground.

Ian Bell can be backed at 5.00 to be the man of the match in the second Test while Finn is 5.00.

England are 1.61 to win at Lord's while the tourists are 8.00 and the draw is available at 3.00.

Anderson suffered his injury in the first innings of the Cardiff Test and was unable to bowl in Sri Lanka's second innings, when the tourists were dismissed for 82 in just 24.4 overs.

Dernbach took nine wickets in the recent Lions match against the Sri Lankans at Derby.

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 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 Lions."

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