Ansari and Dernbach to miss start of season

Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari has undergone a minor procedure on his thumb while paceman Jade Dernbach and left-arm spinner Freddie van den Bergh will miss the start of the new Specsavers County Championship campaign through injury.

Ansari was tipped to make his England Test debut after his inclusion in the squad for their series versus Pakistan but suffered a disclocated left thumb against Lancashire which ruled him out.

The 24-year-old continued his recovery as he underwent a second, minor, procedure earlier this week, designed to speed up the healing process.

Having previously damaged the bottom joint of his thumb, Ansari, who claimed almost 50 wickets and scored more than 750 runs to help Surrey to Championship promotion, suffered more damage during the incident at Emirates Old Trafford.

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Dernbach sustained a stress fracture in his back whilst playing cricket abroad this winter. The 29-year-old has now returned to England and began his rehabilitation programme with a view to feature for the county later in the season.

Meanwhile, van den Bergh sustained a fractured thumb during a club cricket match in Australia two weeks ago and is going through diagnostic investigation back in England.

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said: “It is a great shame that we are missing Jade, Zafar and Freddie at the moment.

“But their injuries are being seen to by our excellent physio team and we look forward to welcoming them back when they are able to take the field.” 

Source: ECB

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