Dernbach predicts positive response
Jade Dernbach believes England’s players will emerge stronger after their chastening experiences in India last month.
Dernbach featured in the first three one-day internationals as Alastair Cook’s side suffered a 5-0 series defeat against the 50-over world champions.
Like many of the touring party, the Surrey paceman struggled to make an impression in unfamiliar conditions, taking just one wicket.
However, he is confident lessons will be learned and expects England to put in a much better showing when they return to India next winter.
“It was a very tough trip results-wise, but as a young side going out to the sub-continent it was just essential that we came back having learned something.” Dernbach told ecb.co.uk at the annual Chance to Shine awards at Lord’s.
“I think everyone will have taken something away from there, so I hope the next time we find ourselves over there we’re going to come back stronger and hopefully have developed our games that much further.
“I think it just shows how much there is to be learned and how quickly you have to adapt your game for certain conditions. What works in one place is not necessarily going to work somewhere else and it’s about how quickly you can adjust and adapt to that.”
England did at least end their tour on a high, with a six-wicket victory in the solitary Twenty20 international at Eden Gardens.
That result maintained their position at the summit of the International Cricket Council’s newly-introduced rankings for the shortest form of the game and also boosted confidence ahead of next year’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, where England will aim to defend their crown.
“There were some positives to take,” Dernbach continued. “Getting the win at the end in the Twenty 20 was obviously vital, to come home with that little bit of satisfaction.
“It’s obviously very important with the World Cup coming up in Sri Lanka, proving to ourselves, more than anything, that we are capable of winning out there in those conditions. It’s going to be vital that we do that come World Cup time.”