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Surrey seamer Jade Dernbach has been called up to the England squad for the second npower Test against Sri Lanka, which starts at Lord's on Friday.
Dernbach is part of a 12-man squad which is missing England's anchorman quick bowler, James Anderson. Anderson suffered a minor muscle tear in his back during the first Test in Cardiff and will be rested for the Lord's Test.
With Anderson missing England Team Director, Andy Flower, will be forced to put his own squad rotation policy to the test.
In the absence of Anderson during Sri Lanka's second innings in Cardiff another Surrey quick bowler, Chris Tremlett, rose to the challenge. Tremlett took 4-40 with some spirited, aggressive seam bowling, in a famous England win.
12th man for that game, Middlesex's Steven Finn, must start as favourite to replace Anderson at what is his home ground, Lord's.
Lack of variety?
However, there are concerns that with 6'7" Tremlett and 6'5" Stuart Broad already in the team, adding the 6'8" Finn could make England's attack too similar.
Dernbach, a mere 6'2", earned his place as 'next in line' with an impressive performance for the England Lions in a warm-up match for the touring Sri Lankans.
He took nine wickets in the match ending with career best first-class figures of 9-138. At one point he almost took a hat-trick (three wickets in as many balls) and consistently troubled Sri Lanka's batsmen.
The 25-year-old has been on the England selector's radar for some time. He was called up to the ICC World Cup squad in similar circumstances - an injury to Ajmal Shahzad opening the door on that occassion - though didn't play a match as England were knocked out.
With Ashes winner Tim Bresnan already missing with a calf injury and Warwickshire's Chris Woakes (another seamer expected to be in the mix for selection) also out injured England will be hoping the depth of their seam bowling options bears fruit.
With a clearly stated ambition to be the world's number one Test team they need a 3-0 series win to move up to second in the rankings, behind this summer's other opponents, India.
Following the most unlikely of victories in Cardiff they will be keen to press home their advantage and take a 2-0 lead at Lord's.