Chris Jordan made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lords at the start of the English summer this year © Getty Images
Chris Jordan made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lords at the start of the English summer this year © Getty Images

Aug 5, 2014


England pacer Chris Jordan tasted victory for the first time in Tests after his side thrashed India by 266 runs in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton in the ongoing five-Test series between the two sides.


The Barbados-born bowler made his international Test debut at Lords in June this year against Sri Lanka. While his maiden Test went for a draw, the next one at Headingley saw the hosts lose to the Lankans by a narrow margin. Jordan then missed out on the first two tests in the series against India, but played his part in the thrashing that his side handed to the visitors at Hampshire’s home ground.


England gave a fitting reply to both the visitors and critics with the remarkable win. The Alastair Cook-led side were at an all-time low at the end of the second Test at Lords, with the skipper himself coming under a lot of fire for failing to fire with the bat as well as securing a win for nearly a year.


This time around, Cook scored a valuable 95 in the first innings to help the hosts pile a massive total in order to put pressure on the Indians right from the start of the game. The bowlers too shone with the ball to snare 20 Indian wickets in two innings, with James Anderson and Moeen Ali starring in the first and second innings respectively.


“I think it was coming. It is one moment I will never, ever forget. It’s a taste that I want for a very long time, and it makes you hungry for more. It was a great win, one we really needed to get back into the series. Hopefully we can go from strength-to-strength now,” described Jordan of the much-needed win that has now setup an interesting contest for the remaining two Tests at Manchester and the Oval respectively.


“Even before the defeat at Lord’s, even in the Sri Lanka series, we were very close as a side. All we needed to do was win a couple of key moments in some of those other games, then we would be sat here maybe on three or four victories already. But everything just clicked in that last Test,” said Jordan.


Jordan was however wary of the pressure in the remaining Tests of the series and for the team to not get carried away with their solid win. “Honours are even now, we will just be looking to build on that last game. It’s about backing that performance up again with another good one. We mustn’t get too carried away with the style of victory we had, we must stay grounded and do the basics well,” added Jordan.