Dernbach fits in as England kick on
Jade Dernbach and Stuart Broad pointed to the spirit in the England dressing room as one of the key reasons behind their continued stanglehold over India.
England followed up a 4-0 npower Test series whitewash by winning the NatWest International T20 by six wickets at Old Trafford tonight, albeit with only three balls to spare.
Dernbach may have been only an interested observer during the Test series, but he enhanced his burgeoning reputation by making the most telling contribution on this game.
His 4-22 off 3.4 overs equalled the best figures by an England bowler in T20 cricket, a performance he put down to the manner in which he has been welcomed by players who spend the majority of their time together on Test duty.
“Coming into this side is great because you are made to feel welcome and an important part,” said Dernbach.
“To have the responsibility at the end (of the innings) is great. Of course (I’m happy).
“It is great to get 4-22 but the most important thing for me is we can get victories as an England team. To do that tonight in such a tight game was brilliant.”
Broad, for whom this was a first win since being appointed Twenty20 captain, claims England’s success in the longer form of the game is spilling over into the limited-overs arena.
“We have had some success in the past six week and confidence is high in the dressing room,” he said.
"Jade hasn't been invloved in Test matches and comes in and bowls the way he did. It is a testament to the dressing room and welcoming guys in."
Both Broad and Dernbach featured heavily in the collapses that ultimately cost India.
Broad struck twice as they slipped from 104 for one to 117 for five, before Dernbach claimed three wickets and a run-out as the last five wickets tumbled for just seven runs in 13 balls.
“We were talking about taking wickets all the time because we know that is the best way to slow scoring rates,” said Broad.
“We wanted to take the positive option to hunt for wickets. We were able to take pockets of wickets and then Jade finshed them off at the end.
“I think the final 10 overs (were) really good. We fielded well and kept pressure on the new batsmen. To bowl India out in a Twenty20 (game) is brilliant.”
Although India’s total was the highest in T20 internationals at this ground, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni agreed with Broad that their collapse was central to their latest defeat of a dispiriting tour.
“Yes, we were 10-15 runs short,” Dhoni admitted. “We lost quick wickets in the middle overs, which meant we were not able to score what we should have and were forced to push a bit hard.
“We didn’t have that fifth bowler so we had to press hard for those extra 15 runs. We should have batted 20 overs.”
Dernbach collected the match award, but Eoin Morgan won high praise from Broad for the 27-ball 49 that took England ahead of the required rate during their chase and allowed Ravi Bopara and Samit Patel the luxury of a couple of less profitable overs late on.
It took three successive fours from Patel in the final over – not all intentional – to seal victory. He finished unbeaten on 25 and Bopara 31.
“A special mention has to go to Eoin Morgan with the way he batted,” added Broad. “He's been the best one-day batsman for a little while now; he let Ravi to go at a run a ball.
“Having ‘in’ batsmen at the end shows how crucial that is. It was a little bit worrying only getting three off the penultimate over but we're delighted to get it pretty quickly in the final over. It was a fantastic game of cricket.”