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Jade Dernbach hopes to make his England debut this summer after being called up for the NatWest Twenty20 international and five NatWest Series one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.

The Surrey pace bowler has been on the verge of making an appearance for England, having been added to the World Cup and second npower Test squads following the withdrawals of Ajmal Shahzad and James Anderson respectively, through injury.

Now, though, the 25-year-old is an automatic choice in the limited-overs squads after impressing for his county this season.

With his wide range of variations, Dernbach has proved to be econmical in the Friends Life t20 and he is confident that having played in the shortest format this summer will work to his advantage when the team is chosen for England’s only Twenty20 against Sri Lanka at Bristol on Saturday.

Jade Dernbach

Jade Dernbach hopes playing for Surrey in the Friends Life t20 will work in his favour should he be selected against Sri Lanka on Saturday

He told ecb.co.uk: “I think I’ve got a lot to offer in the form and I think I’m bringing some form into it, having bowled quite well for Surrey at the start of the t20 campaign.

“So hopefully, fingers crossed, I do get the nod and do get the opportunity to play. But, if not, I’m just happy to be involved.”

Dernbach admitted that switching back and forth from bowling in the LV= County Championship and the FLt20 has been difficult, but believes that it is another feather in his cap having made the adjustment.

He continued: “There’s been a lot of four-day cricket in the build-up so it’s a change of mindset when you turn to one-day cricket. It’s been good to get those five or six t20 games under my belt and get some performances together.

“It’s almost learning how to do that format of the game all over again because switching from mode to mode can be quite difficult sometimes, but because I’ve got that grounding already this season, it’d be good to jump in on Saturday.”

Should the South-Africa born bowler be overlooked at Bristol, England’s first one-day international of the summer takes place next Tuesday at the Kia Oval.

For Dernbach, it would be a dream come true to make his international debut on his home ground.

He added: “I don’t think it gets any better than that as a player. It’s definitely something I’d grasp with both hands.

"First and foremost, to play for your country is something every boy dreams about but to make your debut at your home ground would be outstanding.”

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