England Cricket team, which is known for playing migrant players from other countries in their team has found a relatively new talent on the bloke. Born in the home of fast bowling, Barbados, England’s right arm medium pacer Chris Jordan made himself eligible to represent England courtesy his grandmother. Jordan, when he made his debut for Surrey in 2007 as an eighteen year old, was considered as the next big thing in Surrey and English Cricket as he produced some impressive bowling performances in his debut season with 20 wickets at an average of 24.50. He was sidelined in the following seasons due to inconsistency and a chronic back injury that made him to let go the entire 2010 season.
He returned to competitive cricket in 2011 but failed to make an impression and moved back to Barbados where he bagged a handful of wickets that made him to make a comeback into the Surry First team and later the England Lions team. With some fine all-round performances in the England Lions, he made his way into the English side that toured Dublin to face Ireland. He made his debut for England in the fifth ODI against Australia at Southampton where he returned with a match figures of 10-0-51-3 and scalped the important wickets of Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke and James Faulkner.
It was enough for the selectors to choose him for the subsequent ODI tour of Australia later in the year. He was made to play in all five matches of the ODI series and looked impressive with the new ball which he made to swing both the ways. He should consider himself unlucky for picking up just six wickets in five matches as his teammates grassed some easy chances in the series. He had a pretty decent economy of just over 5.
He was one of the few Englishmen, who had a good World T20 in Bangladesh. He had a great tournament as he chipped in with few wickets at an economy of exactly 6 runs per over apart from some crucial runs he scored in the end overs. He announced himself in ongoing Sri Lanka’s tour to England in which he picked up 9 wickets in the first three matches and scored 38 odd runs in the first match. In the third ODI at Manchester, he ripped apart Sri Lanka’s batting line up as he scalped 4 wickets for 29 runs in his 8 overs which made Sri Lanka to bundle out for a mere 67.
He is a kind of bowler who moves the ball around and is consistent with his line and length. He hits the deck hard and extracts a lot of bounce from the wicket. He could well be the third seamer England are looking for in Tests. With the England Test team for the series against Sri Lanka is set to announce soon, Jordan is all set to be a certainty unless he is struck with injuries. With the home series against India lined up, Jordan might well be a threat for the Indian team along with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. He is surely one of the emerging talents for English Cricket Team.
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