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Dernbach ruled out of series

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Jade Dernbach has been sidelined with a side strain © Getty Images
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Jade Dernbach, the England pace bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the NatWest Series against Australia with a side strain.

Dernbach had already been withdrawn from the squad for the third match at Edgbaston on Wednesday - along with Surrey team-mate Stuart Meaker - on compassionate grounds as he will be attending Tom Maynard's funeral.

He had been recalled to the one-day side to replace the injured James Anderson, on his homeground at The Oval, and sent down 10 wicketless overs for 59 although had two catches dropped in the deep off him by Eoin Morgan during the final over

Following England's win which gave them a 2-0 lead, Alastair Cook praised Dernbach's effort.

"Jade came in and did really well," he said. "It was obviously disappointing for Jimmy not to play - but that's the reason why we have squads, and our strength in depth in seam bowling is really encouraging. For Jade to come in and perform as well as he did, bowling a lot of Powerplay overs, is really good."

Chris Woakes had already been added to the squad for the third one-dayer although the ECB have said a decision on further replacements will be made after the Edgbaston match.

Meaker was brought in after Anderson's groin strain and there will be a chance he will be included for the final two matches if England want further cover.

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