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With James Anderson and Stuart Broad having been ruled out of England’s upcoming tour to Sri Lanka, fellow pace bowler Chris Jordan is determined to step up and become the national team’s go-to death bowler.
Even though he has only played 14 ODIs thus far, Jordan is confident that he is the right man to be bowling at the death.
“I’ve really enjoyed the responsibility of bowling at the death,” Jordan told ESPNcricinfo. “It’s something I’d like to do a lot more. Yes, bowling at the death is bowling under pressure but that’s what you want as a player. You want to shape the key moments of the game and I feel I thrive on that responsibility.
“Two of the areas we probably need to improve most are our death bowling and our death hitting, so it’s hugely exciting to have a chance to make a difference in both roles.
“I don’t feel nervous at all when I’m playing cricket. The calmest I ever feel is when I’m at the top of my mark and about to run in to bowl. I’m looking forward to the challenge of bowling at the death.”
While Jordan admits that England have performed well under par in their last few ODI series, he feels that the tour of Sri Lanka and the tri-series against Australia and India will be excellent preparation for the national team ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
“We have a perfect opportunity,” he said. “It’s very rare to have a period like this where you can focus on one set of skills and you will see the improvement, I’m sure.
“I know people are saying we’re outsiders for the World Cup and that’s fine. But if we can build a bit of momentum, well, we can find ourselves in the quarter or semi-finals and then who knows? Several teams can win it and we’re one of them.”
Jordan also recalled how his career started to blossom ever since he started playing for Sussex.
“Things happened pretty quickly once I moved to Sussex,” he said. “From the moment I walked through the gates of the club, I was made to feel incredibly welcome and that helped me relax and play my best cricket.”
The 26-year-old was also quick to dismiss comments about the need to alter his run-up.
“I’m pretty happy with my run-up,” he said. “I’m bowling at close to 90 mph at the moment, so I can’t be doing much wrong, can I? You always want to evolve, but I feel I’m doing lots of good things. I don’t want to change too much.”