England fast bowler Jade Dernbach has exclusively told GiveMeSport the almost unplayable slower ball he delivered to take the wicket of Shane Watson in Thursday’s T20 against Australia took him years to perfect.
The Surrey right-arm seamer was the standout bowler for the hosts who fell to a 39-run defeat, largely down to Aaron Finch plundering 156 in a record breaking knock.
Dernbach took 3-34 in his four overs while ever other bowler went for at least 11 an over as the Australians made a huge 248-6 in their 20 overs at the Ageas Bowl. His figures were a highlight of a match from the hosts point of view and vindicated his selection with Boyd Rankin left out of the team.
The limited overs specialist was a major reason Surrey made it to the Friends Life t20 Finals Day thanks to his economy rate of under six an over after a disappointing start to the campaign in the England One Day International side.
Dernbach is famous for his variety of deliveries and has often over used them by his own admittance but has had a consistent period of late which was emphasised by his impressive figures at Southampton.
The 27-year-old’s slower ball that is delivered out the back of his hand has been a talking point throughout his career and he used it to best use in dismissing Watson yesterday and he explains how and where he leant the trick.
“It came a little bit by chance really, I was playing club cricket at Guildford and there was a guy in my side, a young fella who used to turn up on a Saturday, bowl it and get wickets for fun,” Dernbach exclusively told GiveMeSport.
“Old guys were ducking and diving out of the way so I thought I need to learn that.
“It was a period of three or four years where I learnt how to use it, I used to miss the nets, hit the side netting, over the batters head and it was a real long process.
“Then all of a sudden it just seemed to click and it came from there.”
Dernbach is in line to make his 25th International T20 appearance tomorrow at Chester-le-Street with the game getting under way at 2.30pm.
England need to win if they are to level and end the series 1-1 before the ODI’s start on Tuesday when Dernbach will return to Surrey to try and help them keep their status as a County Championship Division One outfit.