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Jade Dernbach

Surrey and England Lions seamer Jade Dernbach is set to join England's World Cup squad following the injury to Ajmal Shahzad

The ECB has called up England Lions and Surrey pace bowler Jade Dernbach to the England World Cup squad following approval from the ICC event technical committee.

Dernbach, who is currently in the West Indies with England Lions, will replace Ajmal Shahzad, who has a hamstring injury.

Twenty-four-year-old Dernbach began the winter on the England Performance Programme in Australia before going on to make his England Lions debut last month, playing in the West Indies Cricket Board regional four-day competition. He is currently the side’s leading wicket-taker.

The Surrey player has spent the previous two winters on the ECB Fast Bowling Programme in Florida and Chennai and is a graduate of the Surrey Academy.

National selector Geoff Miller said: “We have been following the progress of Jade for some time and he has impressed throughout his two years on the Fast Bowling Programme in 2008-09 in Florida and Chennai and the England Performance Programme in Australia late last year and during the domestic season with Surrey.

“He is a talented athlete and has performed very well with the Lions on the current tour of the West Indies and we feel his variations will be extremely useful on the surfaces we will be playing on should we progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup.”

The England team is currently waiting for confirmation that the side has reached the quarter-final stages of the ICC World Cup, which is dependent on the remaining matches in the group stages.

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