England has unveiled its latest South African-born recruit, seam bowler Jade Dernbach, to boost its chances of beating Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday.
Dernbach, born and raised in South Africa until he was 14, has been called up to replace bowler Ajmal Shahzad, who pulled a hamstring and has returned home. Dernbach was playing for England's second-string squad in the Caribbean when he was called up late last week and told to fly straight to Sri Lanka.
The 6-foot-2 Surrey bowler, who turns 25 next month, follows Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Craig Kieswetter as South Africans who have adopted England. But Dernbach says, "I owe nothing to South Africa. I learned my cricket in England."