Bopara, Dernbach & Kieswetter get 12-month England deal

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8-29 October
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England all-rounder Ravi Bopara
Ravi Bopara impressed with bat and ball against India and the West Indies

Ravi Bopara, Jade Dernbach and Craig Kieswetter have all been awarded incremental 12-month central contracts by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The trio helped England complete a 3-0 one-day international series win over India last month.

The contracts are automatically triggered and awarded to those who play in a certain number of games.

Sussex pair Luke Wright and Michael Yardy, who had incremental deals in 2010/11, are not on the new list.

"I am delighted that [Bopara, Dernbach and Kieswetter] have been awarded increment contacts," said national selector Geoff Miller.

"This is in recognition of the important role they have played in the England side in recent months and their potential to develop still further as cricketers over the next 12-month period."

Essex all-rounder Bopara averages nearly 31 with the bat in ODIs, and has taken 13 wickets at an average of 37. He also returned to the Test fold this summer following an injury to Jonathan Trott, and last month took a record return for an English bowler in a Twenty20 international of 4-10 against West Indies.

South Africa-born Dernbach has made an impressive start to his international career this summer. The 25-year-old Surrey bowler has taken 15 wickets at 33 apiece in ODIs and seven wickets at an average of 11 in Twenty20 internationals.

Somerset wicketkeeper Kieswetter averages 31 and 28 in the 50 and 20-over versions respectively, opening the batting in both formats.

All are included in the squad for reverse series, which starts next week in Hyderabad.

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