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Magoffin hails Jordan impact

Steve Magoffin has tipped his young Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan to have a long and successful career in the game.

The Australian seamer - who himself enjoyed a fine campaign, returning the second biggest haul of Division One wickets in this year's LV= County Championship - was impressed with the 24-year-old's first year with the club.

Having been released by Surrey last summer - the county Jordan had represented since he was 17 - the Barbados-born seamer responded magnificently, taking 80 wickets in all competitions and three for England in his one appearance in the NatWest Series.

And Magoffin praised Jordan’s performances throughout the season in an exclusive interview with ecb.co.uk.

“Chris started off in the one-day side but if you look at his four-day performances this year they have been outstanding,” he said.

“We’ve played on some very flat wickets and he’s been able to extract great pace and variation out of those pitches.

"If you look at the next level, the pitches go more in favour of the batter a lot of the time but he’s got that X-factor about him where he can break partnerships and really rough up batsmen as well.”

Magoffin’s experience could be vital to a young bowler like Jordan. The 33-year-old has played 104 matches and taken 356 wickets in first-class cricket.

And the former Western Australia bowler is only too happy to help out with the younger players as he seeks to prepare for life as a coach once his playing days come to an end.

“I’ve done my coaching course in Australia and I’m always looking ahead for when I finish playing,” he said.

“Coaching is something I definitely have an interest in. It’s something I try and get my toe in the water when I can, helping out the other guys in the squad, younger guys and younger bowlers especially.

“Whenever the time comes that my career finishes that’s something I’ll be looking in to. Hopefully, along the way, finishing some of the ECB courses as well.”

But he is not planning on calling it a day just yet. His haul of 63 wickets in Division One was bettered only by Graham Onions and nobody could match his career-best figures of 8-20 during the first innings of Northamptonshire’s defeat of Somerset back in May.

Magoffin declared himself satisfied with his performances during the campaign and is now hoping he will receive a new contract to extend his stay at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com Country Ground.

He said: “I think every year you want to improve on the season before. I was pretty happy with my performances last year so for me it was a case of building on that.

“Whether you take wickets or not it’s all about how you feel and how you’re contributing to the bowling group. For me this year it’s been good to take wickets but also to do my role in the side as well - tie down an end, keep the economy rate down and bowl maidens. To get wickets along the way is always helpful.

“Things are progressing well at the moment (with a new deal). I certainly hope to be playing here for a few more years.

“I’ve particularly enjoyed myself at Sussex and the perfect scenario would be to not move from Sussex so I hope we can get that sorted out.”

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