Chris Jordan's quick fire in the end helped England get to a modest total against Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Chris Jordan’s quick fire in the end helped England get to a modest total against Sri Lanka © Getty Images

 

London: May 24, 2014

 

Chris Jordan admits he is delighted to have emerged as England‘s most destructive player after his latest big-hitting barrage saw off Sri Lanka. Jordan underlined his rapid improvement on the international stage with a 13-ball demolition job on the Sri Lanka bowling attack, which included ace fast bowler Lasith Malinga, at The Oval on Thursday. Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara could not stop the all-rounder smashing the ball into the stands over the long boundaries.

 

The 25-year-old’s powerful performance brought him a one-day international career-best 38 not out and put England in position to defeat the Sri Lankans in the opening one-day international. For good measure, Jordan then added his best bowling figures to date in one-day internationals, taking three for 25 as England won by 81 runs.

 

It was especially rewarding for the former Surrey man to excel on another of his old home grounds — having hit Dwayne Bravo for four sixes in an over in a Twenty20 match in his native Barbados two months ago. Jordan has now taken his six count to eight from just 120 balls faced in limited-overs cricket for England – as many already as Joe Root and only one fewer than Alastair Cook, after their combined 119 matches. Yet contrary to appearances, as he stands deep in the crease to achieve elevation in whichever direction, Jordan finds his speciality far from easy.

 

“It’s not something I’ve always felt confident of doing,” Jordan said.

 

“It’s an area of my game that I identified I needed to improve. I’m working every day at it. You have to.

 

“Range-hitting is something I practise quite often.”

 

To seal the deal against Malinga was particularly impressive and Jordan admitted it was a good feeling to come out on top against one of the world’s best.

 

“We saw the other night in the Twenty20 that he finished off the game brilliantly,” Jordan said.

 

“He is obviously paid the big bucks in the IPL and Twenty20 tournaments all over the world.

 

“I was just glad I was able to stay as still as possible and get a good bat on it.”

 

Jordan may be about to discover his timing is perfect, having broken into the England team at the start of a new era under coach Peter Moores. His athleticism, power and enthusiasm are a perfect fit as Moores and Cook try to set the right tone after a miserable Ashes whitewash.

 

“I try to enjoy myself and have fun on the pitch every time I go out there – because you never know if it could be your last game,” Jordan added.

 

“I try to leave everything on the pitch every time I play.

 

“I’m a very ambitious player and do want bigger and better things.

 

“There are few new faces in the side and guys who are trying to make a statement. I hope I can be part of that.”