Chris Jordan (cricketer)

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Chris Jordan
Personal information
Full name Christopher James Jordan
Born (1988-10-04) 4 October 1988 (age 30)
Christ Church, Barbados
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 663) 12 June 2014 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 1 May 2015 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 231) 16 September 2013 v Australia
Last ODI 4 September 2016 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 34
T20I debut (cap 65) 2 February 2014 v Australia
Last T20I 27 October 2018 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no. 34
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–2012 Surrey
2011/12–2012/13 Barbados
2013– Sussex
2016 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2016/17 Adelaide Strikers
2017–2018 Peshawar Zalmi
2017–2018 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2017 Chittagong Vikings
2017/18– Northern Districts
2018/19 Sydney Thunder
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 31 35 102 78
Runs scored 169 168 2,999 607
Batting average 12.07 12.92 24.78 15.17
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 2/14 0/1
Top score 38* 27* 147 55
Balls bowled 1,532 766 17,120 3,580
Wickets 43 40 304 117
Bowling average 35.37 28.00 32.09 29.01
5 wickets in innings 1 0 9 2
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/29 4/28 7/43 5/28
Catches/stumpings 19/– 16/– 119/– 44/–
Source: Cricinfo, 9 January 2019

Christopher James Jordan (born 4 October 1988) is a Barbadian-born English cricketer. He is a right-arm fast bowler and a late-order right-handed batsman. He often fields at slip, but is also considered to be an outstanding outfielder. He plays for Sussex and has played for the England Cricket Team, mostly in the shorter formats of the game.

Early life

Jordan and both of his parents were born in Barbados;[1] his maternal grandparents are British citizens. After initially being educated at Combermere School in Bridgetown, Barbados where he studied alongside singer Rihanna,[2] he gained a sporting scholarship to complete his formal education at Dulwich College, in England.


Surrey: 2007–2012

Jordan made his 1st XI debut for Surrey versus Middlesex at Lord's in August 2007. He took 2–41 on his first-class debut and in his second match, versus Durham, helped to dismiss the home side by taking 3–42. He received the NBC Denis Compton Award as Surrey's most promising young player in 2007.

After suffering a stress fracture of the back, Jordan was unable to play in the 2010 English cricket season. He resumed training in December that year.[3]

Sussex: 2013–present

At the end of the 2012 season, Jordan was released by Surrey after six years with the county.[4] He returned to Barbados to play a second winter season for the Barbados national cricket team, before joining Sussex for the English 2013 season, taking championship best figures of 6–48 on debut against Yorkshire.

International career

Qualified to play for both the West Indies and England (through both maternal genealogy and residency), he chose to play for England. He made his ODI debut in September 2013 against Australia, and took his first ODI five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka on 28 May 2014 at Old Trafford, with figures of 5 for 29, helping England to a 10-wicket win.[5]

Jordan was named in the England Test squad for their series against Sri Lanka,[6] before making his debut in the first Test.

He was also named in the 3rd, 4th and 5th Test matches of India's tour of England in 2014.[7]

2013–14 Australia and T20 World Cup

Jordan made his ODI debut against Australia, taking figures of 3–51. Jordan's selection had come as a surprise to many following his injury problems. Jordan played in the first two matches of the return series in Australia, taking 1–50 and 2–53. Jordan played in the final three games of the series, the pick of his figures being 2–37 in the final game of the series. Jordan's economy rate did not pass 6.00 runs per over in any of the games, making him one of England's stand out bowlers.

Jordan made his T20 debut at the World Cup against New Zealand in a rain affected match. He took 2–28 in the second match against Sri Lanka as England secured an unlikely victory. Jordan played in the defeat against South Africa which ended their hopes of progressing in the competition. He took 1–13 in three overs against the Netherlands but was unable to prevent an embarrassing defeat for England.

2014 Sri Lanka, India and Tri Series

In the first match of the ODI series against Sri Lanka, Jordan excelled, taking 3–25 and smashing 38 off just 16 balls. This earned him the man of the match award. Jordan took 5–29 in the third match of the series as England cruised to victory. Jordan was expensive in the fourth match, managing 2–67 as Sri Lanka won the match to take the series into a decider. In the final match he took 1–55 as England lost the game and the series 3–2. Jordan was called up to the test team to face Sri Lanka following his impressive performances. In the first test, he took 5 wickets in the match but was unable to force a victory as the match ended in a draw. He was less impressive for the second match, failing to take a wicket as England lost by 100 runs.

Jordan was selected in the squad for the first test against India, but missed out as Ben Stokes returned from injury. He was also named in the squad for the second test. He played in his first game of the series in the third Test. He did not take a wicket in the match, but kept his place for the next match of the series. Here he was again not at his best, although he did take three wickets to help England go 2–1 up in the series. In the final test of the series, Jordan took 3–32 in the first innings, before making 20 with the bat. With England in a commanding position he took 4–18 in the second innings to help England win the match and the series 3–1. He played in the second ODI against India, although he did not perform well, finishing with figures of 0–73. He did not play again in the series.

Jordan was selected in the squad for the return series against Sri Lanka. He made his first appearance of the tour in the third ODI, where he took figures of 2–46. He took 2–35 in the next game, although England lost. In the fifth ODI he took another two wickets to keep England's hopes of winning the series alive. He proved expensive in the next game, finishing with figures of 2–68. He ended he tour by taking another two wickets, although England again lost to lose the series 5–2.

Jordan only played once in England's tri series against India and Australia, taking figures of 1–33 in the first match of the tournament against Australia. He made 17 with the bat but England suffered defeat. This proved to be Jordan's only game of the series.

2015 World Cup

Jordan was overlooked at the start of the World Cup and did not play until England met Bangladesh in a must win game. Jordan took figures of 2–59 as Bangladesh posted 275. Jordan was later run out for a duck as England failed to chase the target and were eliminated. In the final game against Afghanistan Jordan picked up the man of the match award after picking up figures of 2–13 to help England win by nine wickets.

2015 West Indies

Jordan kept his place in the team for the tour of West Indies. In the first innings of the first Test, he remained unbeaten on 21. After taking 1–46 in the first innings, he took 1–48 in the second innings as England were unable to force a result. In the second Test he took 2–65 in West Indies first innings and followed this up taking a wicket in the second innings to help England win the game. In the third Test he was less effective. He failed to take a wicket in the West Indies first innings as they were bowled out for 189. After England collapsed in their second innings, Jordan took 1–24 in the West Indies second innings but England lost the game by five wickets as the West Indies levelled the series at 1–1.

2015 New Zealand and Pakistan

Although Jordan didn't play in the Test series, he returned to the fold for the ODI series. He picked up figures of 1–33 in the first match, as England secured an emphatic victory. However, he was expensive in the next match, taking figures of 1–97 as New Zealand posted 398 to secure a win on the D/L method. Jordan injured himself in the match and was ruled out of the rest of the series, which England went on to win 3–2.

After being left out of the matches against Australia, Jordan returned against Pakistan. Jordan played in the first T20 against Pakistan, finishing with figures of 0–37. After being rotated in the second match, he returned in the third match of the series and took figures of 3–23, as the scores were tied. Jordan was entrusted to bowl the Super Over and England won the match.

2015–16 South Africa

After not playing in the South Africa ODI series, Jordan returned to the fold for the South Africa series. He played in the first three internationals, although had limited success. After taking 0–56 in England’s win in the first ODI, he took figures of 0–33 in the second match of the series, which England also won. He took 1–54 in the next match, although was again expensive, going at over seven runs per over. Although he wasn’t selected for the rest of the ODI series, he returned to the fold in the T20I series. He took 3–23 in the first match, but was expensive in the second, taking figures of 0–48.

2016 World T20

Jordan was a key member of the England T20 World Cup squad, playing every game in England’s run to the final. He took figures of 0–24 against the West Indies, but was expensive against South Africa. He picked up his first wicket of the tournament as England beat Afghanistan, and then took match winning figures of 4–28 as England beat Sri Lanka to qualify for the semi-finals. Jordan continued to impress with his death bowling, taking figures of 1–24. In the final against West Indies, he took 0–36 as England narrowly lost and finished as runners-up.

2016 Sri Lanka and Pakistan

He played in the third ODI against Sri Lanka and took figures of 1–49 as the match ended in a draw due to rain. He returned to the side for the fifth ODI, and took figures of 0–40 as England won by 122 runs. He played in the only T20I between the two sides, taking figures of 3–29 to help reduce Sri Lanka to 140 as England won by eight wickets.

Jordan played in the final two ODIS against Pakistan. In the fourth ODI he took figures of 2–42 as England restricted Pakistan to 247/8 and won the match by four wickets. In the final match of the series he finished with figures of 0–52 after making an unbeaten 15, as England lost the match by four wickets but won the series 4–1. Jordan only bowled one over in the T20I between the two sides, finishing with figures of 0–16 as England lost by nine wickets.

2017 India

He was selected to play for the 2016–17 India tour. However he didn't make the starting eleven, but during the 3rd ODI he replaced the injured David Willey as a substitute fielder. Jordan took 1–27 in the first T20 against India, which England won by seven wickets. In the second T20I he took 3–22 to help restrict India to 144–8, although England lost by five runs. He was expensive in the final match of the series, taking figures of 1–56 as England lost by 75 runs to lose the series 2–1. Jordan was the leading wicket taker for England in T20's in this series.

T20 franchise career

Indian Premier League

In 2016, following his success in ICC World T20 2016, he was signed as a replacement player for RCB in place of injured Mitchell Starc. He picked up 11 Wickets from 9 Matches he played for. His best figures 4/11 came against Gujarat Lions. He was released by the RCB ahead of the 2017 Auction.

In February 2017, he was selected by the defending Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2017 Indian Premier League for 50 lakhs Rupees. He only managed to play one match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator.

Other leagues

In September 2018, he was named in Paktia's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[8] In January 2019, Jordan played for the Northern Knights in the 2018–19 Super Smash tournament in New Zealand.[9]


  1. ^ "Born in one country, played for another". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ "World Twenty20: Chris Jordan, Rihanna & England recognition". BBC Sport. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  3. ^ "Surrey all-rounder Chris Jordan back in training". BBC Sport. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  4. ^ "County News:Surrey release Jordan". Cricinfo. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  5. ^ "BBC Sport" – via
  6. ^ "Chris Jordan, Sam Robson & Moeen Ali in England Test squad". BBC Sport. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 1st Test: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12–16, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Chris Jordan jets into New Zealand for Super Smash stint ahead of Big Bash". Sussex Cricket. Retrieved 9 January 2019.

External links

  • Chris Jordan at ESPNcricinfo
  • Chris Jordan's profile page on Wisden
  • Interview with Jordan.
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