x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Jade Dernbach in for injured James Anderson for Lord's Test

The Surrey paceman expected to compete with Steve Finn for the fourth spot in English attack for second Test against Sri Lanka.

The uncapped Jade Dernbach replaced the injured paceman James Anderson in England's squad yesterday for the second Test against Sri Lanka, raising the number of South African-born players in the 12-man group to five.

Anderson was ruled out of the match, which begins at Lord's on Friday, with a side strain sustained during England's remarkable innings victory in the first Test at Cardiff.

Dernbach, who fought off competition from Graham Onions and Ajmal Shahzad, has not been capped at international level, although he was called up by England as an injury replacement for the World Cup quarter-final defeat by Sri Lanka in March.

The batsmen Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen as well as wicketkeeper Matt Prior were born in South Africa, as was Dernbach.

"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," said the national selector Geoff Miller.

"We're hopeful Jimmy will be available for the third Test [in Southampton] but in the meantime we're excited by Jade Dernbach's inclusion."

England's squad is otherwise unchanged from the one that took a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series thanks to a stunning bowling display on the final day of the first Test on Monday, when Sri Lanka were bowled out in their second innings for 82 in 24.4 overs across two sessions.

Dernbach, who plays county cricket for Surrey, took nine wickets for the England Lions - the senior team's back-up side - in a tour match against Sri Lanka at Derby just before the first Test.

He is set to compete with Steven Finn, the 12th man in Cardiff, for the third fast-bowling spot behind Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett.

"The coaches have been impressed with him and we just wanted another option, with James Anderson stepping out, other than the tall bowler in Steven Finn," Andy Flower, the England coach said.

"He bowls outswing, he's got a good bouncer and slower ball and he can bowl for long periods."