Jordan hopes to keep place for T20 series

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England all-rounder Chris Jordan hopes his efforts in the warm up match ahead of the T20 series against Pakistan will see him keep his place for the series proper, and beyond to the World Twenty20.

Jordan has not yet had a chance to feature on this tour, after he was called up to replace Steve Finn, but against the UAE he took two wickets, took a catch, and scored a few runs.

Jordan told ecb.co.uk ahead of the first T20 in Dubai: "It can't hurt – selection will be decided on the day and hopefully what I've done today will put my name in the hat.

"Since I've joined the tour I've just tried to get my head down and go about my business and train as hard as possible and try to improve my skill really.

"It was gutting when I got injured in that New Zealand series and I've worked really hard to get back to this stage, and I don't intend on giving it up.

"We're working quite hard with our bowling coach Ottis Gibson on a few new slower balls and different variations, and just improving my consistency in terms of my lines and lengths.

"That’s a base I can work from across all formats – luckily I was able to execute tonight and it paid off."

Jordan has not had much cricket in recent months, as he was injured for a while before being called up for England, and has not had much chance to play. But he hopes all rustiness will quickly fade.

He added: "First of all, winning is a habit regardless of the opposition. I felt a little bit rusty but thankfully the ball did come out pretty decent.

"I've still got to brush up with the bat and in the field as well but you cannot substitute the rhythm of a game and I'm all the better for it today.

"I felt as though I bowled quite a few wobble seam balls which tended to nip a bit and caught the batsmen on the crease, and I just tried to mix it up with my variations as well which I've been practicing in the nets.

"It was a really good run out for me and all the lads who haven't played as yet on the tour as well and we're much better for it."

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