On a steaming hot day Chris Jordan recently practised at the Everton Weekes Centre Of Excellence as Barbados coach Vasbert Drakes trained his speed gun on him to gauge his speed.
Up to 2012, the 6ft 2in fast bowler was a member of the Barbados team and a potential West Indies player. Call him the one that got away from regional selectors but last year Jordan was selected for the English Lions against Bangladesh and on September 16 he made his One-Day International debut for England.
“I have had a decent start to my international career so far. I had a fairly good start for the Lions against Bangladesh but I did not expect to be selected to the senior team so quickly,” Jordan told Barbados TODAY after he had competed his pratice session.
The 25-year-old pacer said the highlight of his short international career so far was the fourth ODI against Australia at Perth.
“Up to that time I had played four ODI matches and lost all of them so playing in a winning team for the first time was a good feeling,” Jordan said.
On two occasions his bowling speed was registered at 91 miles per hour on the speed gun but according to Drakes, he has been regularly recorded at 87 mph.
“I have gotten about two yards quicker in the past year. In international cricket a cricketer has to very thorough in his preparation for the season, he trains harder and his level of concentration is higher because one tiny error can make your team lose a match. I am more intense in my training and that has improved my speed, “ Jordan said.
Jordan, a past student of Combermere School that has produced the likes of Sir Frank Worrell, Wes Hall and Derek Sealy, explained that during his childhood the legendary West Indian fast bowlers Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose were his heroes. After winning a scholarship to study at Dulwich Colledge in England at the age of 15 he remained there and qualified to play for the English team because his mother was born there.
The Sussex fast bowler said he relished displaying his skills in international cricket and was looking forward to playing at the highest level.
He is eagerly anticipating the coming ODI and T20 series against the West Indies.
“I have several friends in the West Indies team and among them is Kirk Edwards. It will be a good feeling for me if I take the wicket of my good friend if I get the opportunity to play against him during the series,” a smiling Jordan said.
The young fast bowler said he was hoping to have a long career at the international level but his intention was to stay grounded and to be humble.
Even though he is no longer a member of the Barbados team Jordan described himself as “a big fan of Barbados’ cricket”.
“I was a member of the Barbados team until two years ago so I still have a strong attachment to it. During the recent final of the NAGICO Super50 in Trinidad I was willing the boys on and I was elated when they won the game,”, Jordan said.
He has a special reason for wanting to be selected in the three T20 matches between the West Indies and England at Kensington Oval.
“My parents, my brother and sister have never seen me play an international match and it will be very special if I am selected knowing that they will be watching from the stands,” Jordan said.
So far Jordan has played six ODIs and taken nine wickets, his best performance so far has been 3 for 51 at Perth.