England news January 18, 2014

Jordan called into England's T20 squad

Chris Jordan will remain with the England squad for the three-match T20 series against Australia beginning in Hobart on 29 January. Jordan, who has made a good impression in the one day series against Australia, replaces Steven Finn in the 15-man squad.

Jordan, revitalised since his move from Surrey to Sussex last summer, now has a chance to push his claims for a place in England's World T20 squad in Bangladesh. At 25, he must reflect how his career has suddenly taken a turn for the better since his move to the south coast.

Jordan's promotion brings another beneficiary, and a more unlikely one. Liam Plunkett's career was under threat when his bowling action fell into disarray at Durham, but a move to Yorkshire, where he came under the guidance of the former Australian quick Jason Gillespie, also rescued his career.

Plunkett now replaces Jordan in the England Lions squad in Sri Lanka, a tour which has taken on extra significance with England's side in greater flux than for many years. The Lions will play two three-day matches in Colombo against a Sri Lanka A Team Emerging Players XI, followed by three three four-day matches against Sri Lanka A in Kandy, Dambulla and Colombo.

Plunkett's action is not the most stable thing in the world so Yorkshire could be forgiven a little apprehension at his unexpected return to an England squad as he approaches his 29th birthday.

Finn, meanwhile, will be left to rebuild his game in pre-season at Middlesex, under the supervision of Middlesex's director of cricket, Angus Fraser, and bowling coach Richard Johnson. He did not play a competitive match against Australia in almost three months before returning to England this week for remedial work with limited-overs coach Ashley Giles conceding that his problems had rendered him ``not selectable''.

It would take an extraordinary change of heart for Finn to be considered for World Twenty20, especially as he has no opportunity for outdoor cricket before the tournament begins on March 16.

He was named in the provisional 30-strong squad but England's wise decision not to turn the Lions tour into an on-field remedial session for Finn before Middlesex's work properly begins confirms that they are looking elsewhere. Assessment of his progress will turn instead to Middlesex's early-season Championship matches.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • rob on January 18, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    I've been impressed with Jordan. He bowls tight lines and good lengths but the best thing is his attitude. He seems very calm and not given to panic. .. He appears to have a brain this lad and at the highest level a cool, calculating mind is more valuable than any booming in-swinger.

    @ Whatsgoinoffoutthere: lol :)

  • John on January 18, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    I feel our T20 line up could be our best hope of a victory out here. We could have a line up something like this

    Hales,Lumb,Wright,Morgan,Buttler,Bopara,Stokes/Bres , Broad , Jordan and 2 from Briggs,Plunket,Tredwell and Rankin

    Actually I'd be happier with that side than the one we have playing the 50 over format

  • John on January 18, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (January 18, 2014, 12:19 GMT) Maybe a bit more than a small bet , the way he's been performing

    @Whatsgoinoffoutthere on (January 18, 2014, 15:05 GMT) Dont think T20 is his game. He'll be doing himself more good playing in SA

  • o on January 18, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Has looked good out there. I remember seeing him on skysports County t20 smash a few with bat too so he's no mug in any department and definitely a decent fielder hope he goes well.

  • Ian on January 18, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Meanwhile, who does Graeme Onions have to hold hostage to get a game? I bet they'll wait until he's nicely out of form and struggling with confidence, then take him on a long tour and not pick him...

  • Zabal on January 18, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Another example of non sense selection.. His economy rate in T20 cricket is 8.80.. Why not select a fast bowler with economy rate below 7.5? Well if still they dont look at economy rate then no one is better than James Anderson! At least his experience will help him a lot in T20I cricket... Then y Jordan over Anderson??

  • $$ milind on January 18, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Oh Steven Finn !!!! He was very economical in the last T20 WC in Sri Lanka and deserves a place in the T20 11 but his current form makes his future prospects very bleak, I hope a break helps him as it did to Brad Haddin.

  • Paulo on January 18, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Good move. Deserves a go in all formats. Will be interesting to see how he responds to aggressive batting.

  • Mark on January 18, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    I would take a small bet on Chris Jordan being in the squad for the Sri Lanka Tests in June. Pleased to see England showing belief in Liam Plunkett and giving him a chance to show that his early success was not a flash in the pan.

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