ODI: Chris Jordan targets regular England spot

Last Updated: 13/01/14 10:03am

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Pace bowler Chris Jordan is hoping to use the one-day series against Australia to cement a place in the England side.

Barbados-born Jordan, 25, was one of the few highlights for England in the first ODI in Melbourne, taking 1-50 in his 10 overs as the tourists fell to a resounding six-wicket defeat.

It was just his second limited overs game for his country and drew praise from captain Alastair Cook and former Australia bowler Brett Lee.

Asked if he thought the door was open to claim a regular starting place, Jordan said: "Yes, I would like to think so. A lot of opportunities are presenting themselves at the moment and the guys who take them will find themselves on the team sheet so hopefully I am one of them.

"At the moment I just want to take each game as it comes, stay grounded and see where it goes at the end of the series."

Jordan, who bowled with pace and discipline, would have taken more than one wicket in Melbourne but for Gary Balance dropping a chance from Aaron Fitch and the same batsman edging one through second slip a ball after Cook had opted to remove Ian Bell from the catching position.


Jordan, though, remained in upbeat about his performance.

"It was a very good experience, I was probably a bit unlucky not to take those wickets," he said. "On other days I will probably bowl worse and pick up more. It was a good start for me in Australia.

"I am pretty happy with the way I have started and hope it can continue."

Lee, who will captain a Prime Minister's XI that will face England on 14 January, was in attendance at the MCG on Sunday and was impressed by Jordan.

"I thought he bowled extremely well, he bowled with good pace," Lee said. "He was very unlucky, he could have had three or four wickets early on.

"I like the way he runs in, he's got that aggression and pace.

"It was good to watch him bowl last night. It was the first time I've seen him bowl live and I think he will gain a lot of experience from that game last night.

"Someone who has got serious raw pace and can swing the ball away is destined to get a lot of wickets."

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