Seamer Chris Jordan is hopeful of an extended stay in England‘s ODI squad.
Jordan had not played ODI cricket since 2016 prior to this week's series opener against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town.
He recently represented the Perth Scorchers in Australia's Big Bash League – and has played in other domestic T20 tournaments around the world, including the Caribbean Premier League and Indian Premier League.
“It was a nice surprise to be selected, but a welcome one and one that I will be embrace. From a personal point of view I have been putting in a lot of hard work, playing in various tournaments around the world, putting in some decent performances on the T20 front for England,” said Jordan.
“It was just nice to be back out there in the ODI side after three-and-a-half years, but it's one thing being there, another coming out and performing.”
England lost the series opener, after South African captain Quinton de Kock struck a century. The second ODI will be played at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday. Bet365 have South Africa and England offered at 2.37 and 1.57, respectively, to win the second ODI.
“We're obviously very disappointed with the result. We didn't play anywhere near our best cricket. Normally when we're at our best we're on the front foot with bat, ball and in the field but we were slightly off the mark,” added Jordan.
Jordan on Archer
The tourists will be without fast bowler Jofra Archer for the T20I series after the ODIs. He has been sidelined by an elbow injury sustained during the recent Test series against South Africa. Archer will attempt to be fully fit for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. England, who won the T20 World Cup (previously named World Twenty20) in 2010, have been pooled with Afghanistan, India and South Africa.
“I speak to Jofra quite regularly. I would say he's a pretty laid-back character, as you all know by now. He's not sweating too much. He's the sort of guy that wants to play every single game for England and show what he can do. It's frustrating for him but it is part and parcel of being a professional cricketer. I just wish him a speedy recovery,” concluded Jordan.