While in the recent month all the talk has been of Jofra Arche’s chances of forcing his way into England’s Cricket World Cup squad, there is another bowler who might be worth further deliberation.
But, as he manifests in the 1st T20 International of the series against West Indies, Jordan residue a highly skilled and qualified cricketer who could just be at the crest of his powers. Fans have bought their cricket world cup tickets and looking for Chris Jordan to play in the squad.
Taking the wicket of Chris Gayle was his key contribution in this game. That was a exploit that proved of his England equals for much of the ODI series (to be fair, they dismissed him in every innings but not before he had thrashed them into the stands a few times) and the manner in which he did so a well-intended yorker just wide of off stump – recommended he had some skills which could prove priceless. Remember, England’s seamers appeared either unwilling or unable to bowl the delivery on demand in the ODI series so Jordan’s manifestation may have been timely. He had also rushed Gayle with a well-intended bouncer.
So confused by Jordan’s well-camouflaged slower delivery was Bravo, a skilled player, that he could only serve the ball into the air. Jordan, representing another part of his game that might give him an edge, made good ground and clung on to a one-handed diving catch. It was a reminder, if any were required, that he may be the best fielder vacant to England. Having such a player in the squad – even if they don’t make the XI – must be useful.
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