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Aspirations of being involved in all three formats – Jordan

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Chris Jordan retains hopes of forcing his way into England’s Test and 50-over sides despite having slipped down the pecking order in recent times.

Jordan, who last played a Test in May 2015 and last featured in 50-over cricket in 2016, is in the squad for the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka on Saturday. He has remained a key member of England’s side in the shortest form and, though he doesn’t appear to be in contention for a spot in next year’s 50-over World Cup squad, he hopes to use his T20 appearances to press his case in the other formats.

“I don’t regard myself as just a T20 player for England, but that’s the format I’m involved in at the moment,” the 30-year-old told Sky Sports.

“I do have ambitions and aspirations of being involved in all three formats, but that is down to me putting in the hard work. If the guys in possession aren’t being pushed it’s almost too easy.

Jordan is behind Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Olly Stone and Sam Curran – all of whom featured in the recent ODI series in Sri Lanka – as well as David Willey and possibly Jake Ball and Craig Overton, as a seamer in 50-over cricket.

“Any time you get the opportunity to be involved with this amazing squad is something you look forward to,” he said.

“Any chance to put on the England shirt you have to grab it with both hands, whether it’s one game or 10 games. That’s part and parcel of being a professional.”

Jordan, who has played eight Tests and 31 ODIs, has taken 38 wickets in 34 T20 internationals, but due to last year’s Champions Trophy and 2019’s World Cup, England’s recent schedules have been dominated by 50-over cricket.

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