Jade Dernbach(England)

Jade Winston Dernbach (born 3 March 1986) is an English cricketer who plays for Surrey County Cricket Club and England. He made his first-class debut in 2003 and won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2004 and 2009.

Born in South Africa and initially schooled at St John’s College, he moved to England at the age of 14 and gained British citizenship, making him eligible for the England cricket team. After impressing for the England Lions in the West Indies in the early part of 2011, he was called up to the senior team as a replacement for Ajmal Shahzad for the knock out stages of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and made his Twenty20 and ODI debuts later that year against Sri Lanka.

Derek Pringle described him in The Daily Telegraph as a fast bowler who is capable of obtaining conventional and reverse swing, as well as of deceiving the batsman by bowling a variety of slower balls.

Jade Dernbach

Dernbach playing for England in 2012
Personal information
Full name Jade Winston Dernbach
Born 3 March 1986 (age 30)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
  • England (2011–2014)
ODI debut (cap 219) 28 June 2011 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 2 June 2013 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 46
T20I debut (cap 52) 25 June 2011 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I 29 March 2014 v South Africa
T20I shirt no. 46
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Surrey (squad no. 16)
2011–2012 Melbourne Stars
2015 Wellington
2016 Quetta Gladiators
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 24 34 97 125
Runs scored 19 24 725 198
Batting average 2.71 4.80 9.41 7.33
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 5 12 56* 31
Balls bowled 1,234 702 15,562 5,374
Wickets 31 39 267 192
Bowling average 42.19 26.15 32.71 28.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 10 3
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/45 4/22 6/47 6/35
Catches/stumpings 5/– 8/– 15/– 23/–

Personal life

Dernbach was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to a South African father and an Italian mother and consequently currently possesses an Italian passport. He moved with his family to England in 2000 when he was 14. In South Africa, his preferred sport was rugby union, but he began to develop as a cricketer in England. After bowling at an under-15s net session at Surrey, he quickly moved through the age groups.

Although born in South Africa, after his first call-up to the England squad, he stated that “I don’t owe anything to South Africa. I was just born there, did a bit of schooling there, my whole cricket career has been based in the UK, and UK is my home. I want to give everything I can to England cricket, that’s the country I love and that’s the country that has given me everything I have now.”

In 2013, Dernbach became the first UK-based athlete to pose for a PETA “Ink Not Mink” advertisement, showing off his arm and chest tattoos on behalf of the anti-fur campaign.

He is a fan of Arsenal.

County cricket

His consistency and regular wicket-taking for Surrey was rewarded with a place on the 2011 England Lions’ tour to the West Indies, before a late call-up to England’s 2011 World Cup squad made him the first PG Academy (Surrey CCC’s youth academy) graduate to secure recognition at this level. He continued to perform well for Surrey whenever available. His excellent 2011 season was capped with a Man of the Match performance in the CB40 Final, where his 4/30 helped lift Surrey to victory.

Dernbach was effective in Surrey’s successful T20 campaign in 2013, and was the side’s leading wicket taker with 18 wickets (at an average of 16.44) as Surrey reached the Finals Day at Edgbaston for the first time since 2006.

International cricket

In 2010, Dernbach was selected for the England Performance Programme tour of Australia and subsequent England Lions tour of the West Indies where they participated in the domestic Regional Four Day Competition. In the latter, he took 19 wickets at an average of 15.63, making him the leading English bowler.

He was called up to the senior team as a replacement for Ajmal Shahzad for the knock out stages of the 2011 Cricket World Cup but was not picked to play.

At the beginning of the English season, he was then picked for the Lions to face the touring Sri Lankans. He took 9 wickets in the match, although the Lions ultimately lost the match. However his performance saw him included in the senior squad for the second Test after an injury to James Anderson. He had to wait until the limited overs games to make his debut; taking 1–18 in his first Twenty20 International and 2–25 in his first ODI.

Dernbach was a member of the England ODI squad for their match against Ireland in August 2011.

He has gone on to make 24 appearances for the ODI and 34 for the England t20 side.

As of April 2016, Dernbach holds the unfortunate record of having the worst career economy rate in ODI history for bowlers bowling more than 1000 balls and also the joint-worst career economy rate in T20I history for bowlers bowling more than 300 balls.