Dernbach, Kieswetter win England contracts

Wed, 07 Sep 11:30:00 2011

Fast bowler Jade Dernbach and wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter have won England increment contracts for 2010-11.

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They qualify for the award having featured in at least two Twenty20 internationals and seven one-day internationals during the summer.

ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: “This award reflects the contributions Craig and Jade have made to our T20 and one-day international teams this season and we congratulate both players on their achievement.”

Dernbach (pictured) has impressed selectors with his slow-ball variations since breaking into the side this summer.

England recently completed a Test series whitewash of India to usurp the Indians as the No.1-ranked Test nation in the world. On Tuesday the home side won a weather-truncated second ODI - the first was rained off - by seven wickets thanks in part to an excellent opening stand of 67 in under seven overs between Kieswetter and Alastair Cook.

“Craig played brilliantly at the top of the order and left us just having to milk it to get there," said Cook of his partner, who racked up 46 runs off 25 balls.

Increment deals are performance-based, being awarded to non-contracted players once they have reached 20 points in a 12-month contract period, with five points awarded for a Test appearance and two for a ODI or T20 appearances.

England also offer 12-month-long central contracts to their top players.

The 11 players who have central contracts until the end of 11 are James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott.

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