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Jordan aims to right the wrongs

By Callum Dent

Chris Jordan sees the Investec Test Series against India as the perfect opportunity for England to bounce back from their agonising defeat to Sri Lanka.

Alastair Cook’s side were two balls away from batting out the final day at Headingley to claim a share of the spoils, but James Anderson’s dismissal handed the tourists their maiden five-day series victory on these shores.

That loss will act as inspiration for England to respond strongly in the five matches versus India, starting at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, according to Jordan.

Asked if these contests provide a chance to turn things around, the all-rounder told “Yes, 100 per cent. Any opportunity you get to put on an England shirt is an opportunity to impress and showcase your talent, both as a team and individually.

“We will be doing everything possible to put it right.”

England have been preparing for the Nottingham clash with a two-day training camp at Loughborough and, despite that heart-breaking loss in their last outing, Jordan insists the spirit in the squad is very upbeat.

He said: “The mood is brilliant. We had two days at Loughborough which was very productive, both for team spirit and skills. 

“The mood in the camp is excellent which is credit to (Peter) Mooresy and Cooky at the minute for creating that environment. It allows players to go out there and express themselves.

“As long as we keep sticking to our processes and sticking to the basics as a team, I think we will be okay.”

Jordan, who made his England debut in a one-day international with Australia at the Ageas Bowl in September, was given a Test bow at Lord’s last month.

But with just two matches against Sri Lanka, he is now excited at the prospect of facing India for a longer duration.

Speaking at the Ageas Bowl, Jordan said: “It’s very exciting. I was very grateful that I was named in the squad and hopefully if I get the nod, I can put in some good performances for England in this series.”

Only three of Duncan Fletcher’s 18-man travelling party have played Test cricket on English soil.

And Jordan believes that makes for an interesting spectacle, adding: “They have some very talented batsmen so it will make for an interesting series.

“We are an emerging side and so are they. Both teams will be looking to impress at every opportunity they get. It will be good viewing.” 

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