England legend Sir Ian Botham has seen something which West Indies cricket officialdom obviously missed. Sir Ian has stated that former Barbados first-class cricketer Chris Jordan’s raw talent makes him as exciting a fast-bowling prospect as he’s seen for many years.
The Sussex fast bowler snared five for 29 and the man-of-the-match award as England routed Sri Lanka for just 67 in this week’s third One-Day International at Old Trafford, the tourists’ third-lowest score in 50-over cricket.
Botham said the 25-year-old Jordan had plenty more to deliver.
“[Bowling coach] David Saker won’t want to do too much at the moment as Jordan is picking up wickets but what you will see slowly is Jordan’s run-up improving; that will generate more pace and make him an even more exciting prospect. I think he’s as good as I’ve seen for a while.
“At the moment he is probably still thinking a lot about the time when he got injured at 21 and was out for quite a while with a back injury – I think that is still in the back of his mind.
“His point of a release is a little bit lower when he goes wider and bowls short, so therefore it skids more than it bounces which makes it more difficult to play. It’s also harder to pick up the length.
“When he gets in tighter to the wicket he gets his arm higher. When he works a little bit more with his run-up he might get another half-yard of pace, so it’s exciting. Jordan is an exciting young cricketer.”
Jordan, who played two regional first-class seasons for Barbados, previously expressed that the West Indies was his first option for possible international cricket. A switch from Surrey to Sussex has seen his bowling stocks rise and with injuries staying away, he has quickly forced his way into the England side.
Jordan’s eligibility was made possible through a British grandmother.