Surrey’s t20 semi-finalist Jade Dernbach has admitted he is in a much better place than he was at the start of the summer which saw him dropped from the England squad for the ICC Champions Trophy.
The fast bowler came into the international set-up in 2011 and has been a regular in the shorter forms of the game, particularly in the 20 over format which is where he made his county debut in 2005.
The right-arm seamer has had a very strong mid-season though which has seen a brilliant economy rate of under six an over in the Friends Life t20 competition to help his team to Finals Day at Edgbaston. Surrey play Hampshire in the second semi-final on a stage where the England selectors are bound to take note.
Dernbach has told GiveMeSport he feels much more assured in himself after starring for Surrey.
“I some think something has certainly clicked, I feel a lot more confident in my game since I came back to Surrey and worked hard and put some things right.
“When you’re playing for England in that arena it’s very unforgiving and you can get shown up very quickly. I’ve been able to come back to Surrey and hone my skills, practice my death bowling variations and learning when to use variations in a game, I’m in a good frame of mind and feeling confident.”
The Johnnesburg born 27-year-old last featured for England against New Zealand in June where he bowled 10 overs for 87 costly runs. That led to him being left out of the worldwide Champions Trophy competition but he’s hoping he’s forced his way back into national contention.
“It’s very disappointing to be left out of any international side, especially when you’ve been in the set up for a period of time, I was really motivated to come back to Surrey and get my game back in order. I know I’m good enough because I’ve been there before but it’s about doing the basics.
“I haven’t had any contact yet (from England), I’m sure they’ve had their hands full at what has been a brilliant Ashes series but I’ve got my fingers crossed and hopefully I’ve shown them what I’ve gone away to work on and hopefully my name is in the reckoning.
“Before all of that my main aim is to bring some silverware back here to the Kia Oval and I don’t think that will do my chances any harm.”
England play five ODI’s and two t20’s starting on Thursday, 29th August and Dernbach says he has loft ambitions of featuring in the most prestigious form of the game for his country in the future.
“I’ve got ambitions to play Test cricket, that’s obviously my aim.
“I’ve tested myself at One Day Internationals, t20 and now one of my aims is to play Test Match cricket, currently we have a very, very successful side so it’s going to be hard. Hopefully playing here at the Kia Oval on some difficult wickets while proving to be successful will put me in good stead.”