By Callum Dent
England all-rounder Chris Jordan is loving every minute of performing on the world stage.
The 25-year-old continued his impressive start to life in international cricket with a superb all-round display against Sri Lanka at the Kia Oval yesterday.
Jordan blasted a quintet of fours and two sixes in an explosive unbeaten 38 off 13 balls before taking 3-25 from six overs, helping England secure an emphatic 81-run Duckworth/Lewis victory in the first of five Royal London one-day internationals.
On his fine showing, Jordan told ecb.co.uk: “I enjoyed every minute of it. When you can get involved with bat, the ball and in the field that is me in my element. I really enjoyed it.”
With the bat, Jordan accompanied Jos Buttler and the pair finished England's innings in style.
The duo added 54 in 21 balls, including taking 19 off the last over from specialist death bowler Lasith Malinga.
Jordan, who lashed the final delivery for a maximum, was pleased with how England responded to Malinga’s variations following the bowler’s fine performance in the NatWest International T20 on Tuesday evening.
He said: “The other night he finished the game really well. In this format you have an extra fielder in the ring and Jos moving around the crease put him off a little.
”I was able to capitalise on the last ball.”
The win was England’s second successive ODI triumph after the victory over Scotland in Aberdeen earlier this month, maintaining new Head Coach Peter Moores’ 100 per cent record in the format.
Jordan believes England can build on the performance at the Kia Oval, adding: “It’s a brilliant win and kick-starts our summer.
“We didn’t do so well in the Twenty20 the other night, but we came very close to the World T20 champions. I think we put down a marker. Hopefully we can build on that.”