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Jade Dernbach
Dernbach playing for England in 2012
Personal information
Full name
Jade Winston Dernbach
Born (1986-03-03) 3 March 1986 (age 38)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Height6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National sides
ODI debut (cap 219)28 June 2011 
England v Sri Lanka
Last ODI2 June 2013 
England v New Zealand
T20I debut (cap 52/17)25 June 2011 
England v Sri Lanka
Last T20I21 October 2021 
Italy v Germany
Domestic team information
2003–2021Surrey (squad no. 16)
2011/12Melbourne Stars
2016Quetta Gladiators
2019Jamaica Tallawahs
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 24 40 113 144
Runs scored 19 31 871 242
Batting average 2.71 5.16 9.46 7.56
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 5 12 56* 31
Balls bowled 1,234 826 18,222 6,283
Wickets 31 44 311 228
Bowling average 42.19 26.59 32.60 27.10
5 wickets in innings 0 0 10 3
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/45 4/22 6/47 6/35
Catches/stumpings 5/– 10/– 17/– 31/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 11 March 2022

Jade Winston Dernbach (born 3 March 1986) is a former professional South African born English Italian cricketer.[1] He represented Surrey (2003–2021), England (2011–2014) and Italy (2021).

He made his first-class debut in 2003 and won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2004 and 2009. In 2021, Dernbach qualified to represent the Italy national cricket team.[2]

Born in South Africa and initially schooled at St John's College, Johannesburg, 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[3] and made his Twenty20 and ODI debuts later that year against Sri Lanka. Dernbach made his international debut for Italy in October 2021.

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Dernbach was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to a South African father and an Italian mother and has used an Italian passport.[5] He moved with his family to England in 2000 when he was 14.[6] 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.[7]

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."[8]

County cricket[edit]

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 Surrey youth academy graduate to secure recognition at this level. He continued to perform well for Surrey whenever available. His 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.

In July 2021, Dernbach joined Derbyshire on loan from Surrey to play in the last four group games of the 2021 T20 Blast.[9]

It was announced in July 2021 that Dernbach was to leave Surrey at the end of the season due to a lack of playing time.[10]

International cricket[edit]

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[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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

In the 2012 ICC World T20, he and Steven Finn equalled the tournament record for the highest 10th wicket partnership.[14]

At the time of his final international appearance to date, Dernbach had the worst career economy rate in both ODIs (bowlers bowling more than 1000 balls) and T20Is (bowlers bowling more than 500 balls). As of September 2018, his record is third-worst and fifth-worst respectively.[15][16]

He announced his retirement from international cricket in July 2019, five years after his last T20I appearance.[17]

In September 2021, he was named in Italy's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier.[18] He made his T20I debut for Italy on 15 October 2021, against Denmark.[19]


  1. ^ "Dernbach named Middlesex bowling coach". BBC Sport. 29 March 2022. Retrieved 3 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Jade Dernbach set to play for Italy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Dernbach called up to England's World Cup squad". ESPNcricinfo. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  4. ^ England v Sri Lanka: Jade Dernbach proves that variety is the spice of one-day international cricket life Retrieved 11 July 2011
  5. ^ "England choice Jade Dernbach is 'a fighter and a scrapper', says Surrey bowling coach Martin Bicknell". Telegraph. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Cricket World Cup 2011: England bowler Jade Dernbach has right line for every occasion". Telegraph. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  7. ^ "England choice Jade Dernbach is 'a fighter and a scrapper', says Surrey bowling coach Martin Bicknell". Telegraph. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  8. ^ "'Expressive' Dernbach hopes to enliven England". ESPNcricinfo. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Derbyshire sign Dernbach on loan for T20". BBC Sport. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Fast bowler Dernbach to depart Surrey". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Dernbach called up to England's World Cup squad". ESPNcricinfo. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Tour Match: England Lions v Sri Lankans at Derby, May 19–22, 2011". 22 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Eoin Morgan named as England captain for Ireland ODI". BBC Sport. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Cricket Records. Records. World T20. Highest partnerships by wicket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  15. ^ "ODI Worst career economy rate". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  16. ^ "T20I Worst career economy rate". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  17. ^ "England Pacer Jade Dernbach Announces Retirement From International Cricket On Most Iconic Day". CricketAddictor. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Dopo due anni di stop torna in campo (e si sdoppia) la nazionale maschile di cricket" [After two years of hiatus, the men's national cricket team returns to the field]. Federazione Cricket Italiana (in Italian). Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  19. ^ "2nd Match, Almeria, Oct 15 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup Europe Region Qualifier". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 October 2021.

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