Chris Jordan is relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against Australia once more after being named in England’s squad for the one-day international series Down Under.
The Sussex paceman returned figures of 3-51 on his ODI debut against Australia at the Ageas Bowl in September and will stake his claim for a place in the tourists’ attack during the five-match series that follows the conclusion of the Ashes next month.
Jordan is currently in Perth with the England Performance Programme and believes the high intensity work is developing his game at a pace – something he is eager to put into practice on some of cricket’s biggest stages.
He told ecb.co.uk: "I’m very delighted to be honest, obviously having got that taste initially in the summer it would be nice to get another few games and hopefully I can get them in the up and coming series.
“I’ve been out in Australia thus far and I’m working quite hard on my game and it’s nice to get that call-up which makes the trip that much better.
“It would be a great honour to play for England out here especially seeing the way the Test matches are going and seeing the fight that Australia are putting up. It would be nice to get involved in that battle and come out on the right end of it.
“To be honest I just want to continue with the intensity I’m putting into my practice and the thought that’s going into my game is a lot more thorough now.
“I want to continue in that vein and, hopefully, I will become a better player for it.”
Jos Buttler is one of the players working alongside Jordan in Perth at present and, having established himself as England’s first-choice limited-overs wicketkeeper, the new Lancashire signing’s ingenious stroke-play is set to provide an important pillar of the tourists’ game plan.
Ahead of the series, the 23-year-old will enjoy some high-profile match practice as part of the Melbourne Renegades squad in Australia's domestic Big Bash Twenty20 competition.
"Obviously anytime you get picked for an England squad it’s a very proud moment and an exciting one, so I’m really looking forward to the one-day series and the T20s after,” Buttler told ecb.co.uk.
"We'll be looking to get success out the series hopefully. It will be tough in a foreign country and particularly in Australia with their home conditions.
“Touring anywhere is always tough but we need to perform to the best of our ability and win the series."
Buttler struck two half-centuries against Australia in the summer, including a magnificent unbeaten 65 to clinch victory at the SWALEC Stadium.
And, after keeping a keen eye on the on-going Ashes series, he is keen to try and repeat such feats in testing conditions on tour.
He added: "Having been here with the England Performance Programme and watching the Ashes from afar it’s hard cricket.
“So it will be a tough place to play and I'm sure it will be a hard series, which is really exciting and that's what you want to be a part of."