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England pace bowler Chris Jordan has admitted that he is finding it hard to adjust to being rested for long periods of time.
This is because he doesn’t have a way to keep his rhythm going and he considers it to be a threat to his chances of consistently representing England.
Jordan was recently picked to play in the third Test against India in Southampton, but failed to take any wickets.
“It is a tough balance, but at the end of the day that’s the job of international cricket,” Jordan told ESPNcricinfo. “When you are around the squad you don’t always play and you don’t get that many windows to go back and play for your county.
“I’m the sort of the bowler who likes to stay in rhythm but if I want to be successful at this level I have to find a way of adjusting and make sure I’m in good stead when I do get a call.”
Jordan was also disappointed with the way he bowled during the match, particularly in the first innings.
“Personally, in the first innings, I didn’t bowl as well as I would have liked but it was nothing I got too down about,” he said. “I thought about it a bit and bowled a much better spell in the second innings.”
However, despite his below par performance with the ball, Jordan was thrilled about the 266-run win against India in Southampton since it was his first Test victory.
“To get the win the way we did was very special and a moment I’ll remember for a while,” he said. “I felt that performance at Southampton had been building. We’d been getting close in previous matches but weren’t able to close it out but you couldn’t have asked for much more last week. We won every big moment of the game. But we need to stay grounded at Old Trafford, it was just one performance and we must back it up.”
Jordan is also trying to continuously develop his own game by learning things from the senior players.
“I’ve learnt something in every game I’ve played, even just in the practice sessions,” he said. “I just try to absorb as much as I can. I’m nowhere near the finished product but hopefully I’m not too far away.”
Jordan’s chances of playing in the fourth Test at Old Trafford have significantly improved since Liam Plunkett has been ruled out with an ankle injury. In fact, Jordan was at the top of his game when England last played at Old Trafford as he took a five-wicket haul to help skittle Sri Lanka out for 67 in an ODI.
“It was a wicket I really enjoyed in the ODI,” he said. “So if I get the nod I have good memories so hopefully it will be more of the same.”