'Jordan deserves call-up'

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Sussex head coach Mark Robinson has insisted fast bowler Chris Jordan deserved Tuesday's inclusion in England's squad for next month's ODIs against Ireland and Australia.

Sussex head coach Mark Robinson has insisted fast bowler Chris Jordan deserved Tuesday's inclusion in England's squad for next month's ODIs against Ireland and Australia.

The uncapped Jordan, Jamie Overton, Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance and Boyd Rankin have been named in a 14-man party for a one-off match against the Irish and five fixtures against the Australians.

Skipper Alastair Cook, fast bowler James Anderson, batsman Ian Bell and spinner Graeme Swann, who featured in this month's three-nil Ashes series triumph, have been rested. The left-handed Eoin Morgan will captain the side in Cook's absence.

Jordan and 19-year-old seamer Overton and Barbados-born Jordan impressed for the England Lions against Bangladesh A recently. Fast bowler Rankin and batsman Carberry, meanwhile, will be afforded the opportunity to build on momentum gained during this weekend's T20I series against the same opposition.

"They will be looking at some of the most promising players in the county and Chris is certainly one of those," Robinson told <i>BBC Sussex</i>. "What he is is an explosive cricketer, especially as a bowler."

"I am sure England will have a look at him and get him among some of the more regular players as they build towards a potential World Cup berth in 2015. As a bowler he has got a yard of pace and can change games. In four-day games he has used that to good effect."

Right-armer Jordan moved to Sussex after being released by Surrey late last year. He has since taken 51 wickets at an average of 26.58 in the County Championship and 11 and eight wickets in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 respectively.

"Chris has got unbelievable hands, is a great slip catcher, has great hands in the deep as a fielder and is quick across the ground. He is a young man whose cricket is on the up. I think it is a good move to get him involved and for him to start to learn what international cricket is all about," added Robinson.

"His one-day cricket is relatively inexperienced, as he is in all his cricket. He is learning. He has had some great days and some not so good days. He is an exciting player because he can bat as well and is more than useful. He has the potential to be a genuine all-rounder. He is a young man whose cricket is on the up."

The Irish and English will meet in Dublin on 3 September. England's first fixture against the Aussies will be played in Leeds three days later. Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Southampton will host games two, three, four and five respectively.

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