Barbadian all-rounder Chris Jordan is poised to make his Test debut for England after being included in a 12-man squad named yesterday for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting at Headingley in a week’s time.
The 25-year-old, who was born in Barbados and played first-class cricket for the country as recently as last season, qualifies to play for England through his mother who is British.
He was outstanding in the recent one-dayers against the Sri Lankans, taking 12 wickets in the five matches with his vibrant fast bowling and also turned in a couple cameo performances with the bat.
He really pressed his case for a call up in his only two matches of the County season for Sussex, grabbing 11 wickets at 19 apiece as the club made a strong start to the Championship.
National selector James Whitaker said Jordan possessed all the qualities needed by the England Test side.
“Full credit to Sussex. Mark Robinson and the coaches down there have been terrific for Chris since he moved there a couple of years ago,” Whitaker said yesterday.
“He’s consistent now, his rhythm is good. You would probably say he is more skilled with the red ball but initially he got his chance with the white. Congratulations to Chris, he’s got all the attributes that we want for a seamer in our squad so it will be up to Alistair (Cook) to decide on the day or before if he gets a spot."
Jordan joined Surrey at age 17, taking 97 wickets and scoring 1,044 runs in six seasons before being released at the end of the 2012 season.
He made an instant impact at new club Sussex last season, grabbing 59 wickets at 26 apiece and scoring 408 runs with a highest score of 92.
His performances immediately go the attention of England’s selectors and he was called up for the ODI series against Australia last September.
Jordan is a product of the Combermere School in Barbados that has produced the likes of legendary fast bowler Sir Wes Hall and iconic Test captain Sir Frank Worrell.
He joins Australia-born opener Sam Robson and batsman Moeen Ali, as the three uncapped players in the squad led by Cook.
Alastair Cook (Captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Balance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes.