England are unlikely to resist the temptation to select the tallest pace attack in Test history against Sri Lanka at Lord’s today.
There may be sound reasons, especially if cloud cover were set to hang over London for the next five days, to hand Jade Dernbach a Test debut.
As Andrew Strauss diplomatically pondered the conundrum yesterday, he was happy to issue a public testimony of Dernbach’s emerging skills in which England will continue to invest.
In the immediate term, however, it will weigh heavily in favour of a Test return on his home ground for Steven Finn that there is a perception Sri Lanka’s diminutive batsmen may be uncomfortable against the bounce generated by him and his fellow 6ft 6in-plus seamers Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett.
“When you are making that decision you’ve got to look at the opposition you’re playing against, the wicket - I suppose the weather forecast as well to a certain extent - and the balance you need to take 20 wickets,” said Strauss.
Of Dernback, Strauss added: “He’s a man in form; he did brilliantly on the Lions tour (in the West Indies); he’s been bowling well this season; he had some success against Sri Lanka in Derby, and he’s a swing bowler - so he does offer that variety. It’s good to have him in the squad.”