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Flower heaps praise on rookie Dernbach

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Jun 01, 2011 at 11:38am IST

London: Coach Andy Flower on Tuesday welcomed the arrival of Jade Dernbach to England's squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka, which gets underway at Lord's on Friday.

The 25-year-old seamer was called up as a replacement for the injured James Anderson, who picked up a side strain in the series opener in Cardiff, which the hosts won by an innings and 14 runs on Monday.

The South African-born Dernbach recently bagged a nine-wicket haul for the England Lions against the tourists at Derby and, having edged out fellow contenders Ajmal Shahzad and Graham Onions, will battle it out with Steven Finn for a berth in the starting XI.

Flower heaps praise on rookie Dernbach

The 25-year-old seamer was called up as a replacement for the injured James Anderson.

"He did very well for the Lions. He was their outstanding fast bowler," Flower told Sky Sports News.

"I haven't seen much of him to be honest. I've seen him bowl once, at Derby against Sri Lanka, where I think he got nine wickets in the match and bowled very well.

"He bowls out-swing, he has got a good bouncer and slower ball and he can bowl for long periods."

Dernbach received a late call-up to the ODI squad toward the end of England's World Cup campaign earlier this year, but didn't get a game as Flower's men endured a quarter-final exit.

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