Dernbach determined to overcome being dropped

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England fast bowler Jade Dernbach may not be in the national side right now, but he is determined to regain his place with some good performances for Surrey in coming weeks.

England fast bowler Jade Dernbach may not be in the national side right now, but he is determined to regain his place with some good performances for Surrey in coming weeks.

Dernbach, a T20 specialist for the Three Lions, was dropped for the Sri Lanka series after a poor World Twenty20 and erratic death bowling. He has not been superb for Surrey yet this season either, but is working hard to get his place back.

Dernbach told <i>Give Me Sport</i>: "There's been many sportsmen greater than myself who have been in my shoes before, being dropped from the pinnacle of their sports. These things happen.

"Form comes and goes in professional sports and I just need to deal with that. The best way to do that is by getting back to Surrey, working on the basics and just honing in on my skills again.

"Hopefully that opportunity [international cricket] comes again and I can be a better player. That's something at the forefront of my mind.

"I want to get back into that England side and be able to give something more and people can say 'yes, he has gone away and worked on his game and got better'. That's all you can ask for."

The 28-year-old has lost his place to Chris Jordan and Harry Gurney, who are both on the brink of the Test side too. Dernbach has not played a Test, despite getting close in 2011, but still thinks of that as the ultimate prize.

He added: "I was lucky enough to get myself into a Test squad when Sri Lanka were touring here back in 2011. I played in the touring match and managed to get a few wickets, and then got called into the Test squad when Jimmy [Anderson] went down injured.

"It was great to have that experience although, obviously, I didn't step out onto the field. [Playing Test cricket] is still something that is a burning desire inside of me.

"I want to know that I've been able to test myself at every level, and Test cricket is still one that I haven't quite been able to reach yet. But there's still plenty of time – I'm still young."

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