Lions share for Dernbach
Jade Dernbach admits he's likely to have to wait for his chance with England, despite his five-wicket haul for the Lions.
Last Updated: 20/05/11 11:09pm
Jade Dernbach was delighted to claim a five-wicket haul for England Lions against Sri Lanka - but he doesn't expect his efforts will result in a Test call-up.
The Surrey seamer claimed 5-44, including dismissing Mahela Jayawardene for just one, as the tourists were bowled out for 266 at Derby.
While Steven Finn, Graham Onions and Ajmal Shahzad are all seen to be ahead of Dernbach in the pecking order, the 25-year-old proved he hadn't been picked in the team for the four-dayer just to make up the numbers.
The Lions had earlier racked up 493-8 before declaring, Eoin Morgan (193) and Samit Patel (119) both making impressive centuries.
"Obviously we are all trying to push our own cases forward to the selectors," said Dernbach, who was born in South Africa. "We have four top-quality seamers vying for one position.
"It's nice to put yourself on show, and coming out with five wickets has done my name no harm. It was good to show people what I'm capable of."
Yet despite his efforts on day two, Dernbach acknowledges that he may have to wait a little while to get his chance in international cricket.
He came close to getting a debut during this year's World Cup, having been summoned from Lions duty in the Caribbean to replace the injured Shahzad.
"I'm obviously just new on the scene, so all I can do is keep putting performances together and keep putting my name there," the paceman admitted.
"Other things are out of my hands. But I'm sure if I can keep putting performances on the pitch, those other things will take care of themselves."
The major concern for Dernbach right now is helping England's second string keep Sri Lanka on the back foot ahead of the three-match Test series.
The visitors at one stage slumped to 97-6 during their innings before a late-order fightback gave their first-innings total a much-needed boost.
"Anything we can do to hamper their preparations is amazing," he added.
"So if we can put them on the back foot leading up to that first Test it will be a job done for us."