Opinion: Dernbach and Lumb charity ends here

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In case you missed the remarks, hidden between T20I captain Eoin Morgan's lavish praise for batsman Alex Hales and national selector James Whitaker's appreciation of the recalled Ian Bell, the international careers of fast bowler Jade Dernbach and opener Michael Lumb are effectively over.

The international careers of fast bowler Jade Dernbach and batsman Michael Lumb, by the way, have effectively been ended by realistic indictment from within the England ranks recently.

In case you missed the remarks, hidden between T20I captain Eoin Morgan's lavish praise for batsman Alex Hales and national selector James Whitaker's appreciation of the recalled Ian Bell…

"Michael was unfortunate. We have gone in a different direction. We've brought back Ian." – Whitaker.

"It used to be Jade who had something different in our team, and that worked for a while. Now it's Harry Gurney." – Morgan.

Curt and to the point from the pair, indeed, void of niceties and very much in line with England's latest new-era approach.

What Lumb was failing to bring to the T20I unit, Bell probably will. Where Dernbach floundered across countless attempts, Gurney should present consistency.

And with India's visit and the World Cup in Australasia looming, the changes in personnel won't necessarily repay the faith immediately, but surely prove stronger picks than their predecessors.

As a bonus, the Johannesburg-born Dernbach and Lumb have added to England's South Africa-origin exit. Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Strauss – the list is growing.

But that nationalistic quarrel is old hat – until Aussie Sam Robson cracks the nod for the Test XI later this year…

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