England’s gain now seems destined to be West Indies’ loss.
Promising Barbados bowling all-rounder Christopher Jordan has been snatched up by England selectors and has gained a berth in their One-Day International squad to take on Australia.
England today rested captain Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann for the forthcoming one-day international series and announced a squad that has Eoin Morgan at the helm and includes five uncapped players in Jordan, Jamie Overton, Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance and Boyd Rankin. Carberry has played a solitary Test.
England will play a one-off match against Ireland in Dublin on September 3, followed by the five ODIs against the Aussies starting at Headingley on September 6.
Jordan has been a revelation since swapping Surrey for Sussex last winter and is one of the leading wicket-takers in county cricket this season.
The 24-year-old seamer is the second-leading wicket-taker in the County Championship this season having taken 51 scalps at an average of 26.58, including four separate five-wicket hauls.
He has played only six matches in the Yorkshire Bank 40, taking 11 wickets at 22.18 to complement a superb debut season for his new county after leaving Surrey at the end of last year.
Although he was born in Barbados Jordan, whose career has been blighted by injury problems, was given his cricketing education in England and has British grandparents.
Jordan had a good season for Barbados prior to returning to county duties early in the year. He has always shown promise and tipped for greater things after being spotted at Combermere by Bill Athey who was scouting for a recipient of a cricket scholarship back at Dulwich College in England. However, his development was hampered by fitness problems and he was never given an opportunity in a West Indies ‘A’ team selection. Now he has a chance to impress at the international level if selected in the final 11.
Carberry’s call-up is no surprise – the Hampshire opener has been in prolific form in limited overs cricket and is already in the England Twenty20 squad.
Yorkshire batsman Ballance, who was born in Zimbabwe, is viewed as a potential Ashes tourist this winter. After being tipped as the ‘next Graeme Hick’ as a teenager at Derbyshire, he is finally fulfilling his promise at Headingley.
And Warwickshire fast bowler Rankin is yet to play for England but has been in limited overs squads.
The call-up of Somerset youngster Overton is perhaps the biggest surprise. A fast bowling all-rounder, he has impressed in limited-overs cricket this summer and has played for England U19s and the Lions. (WG/Sky)