Jordan: I let the ball do the talking

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England fast bowler Chris Jordan is a smiling assassin, not really one to glare at batsmen or get in their faces when he takes their wickets, and he feels it's ok to let the ball do the talking for him.

England fast bowler Chris Jordan is a smiling assassin, not really one to glare at batsmen or get in their faces when he takes their wickets, and he feels it's ok to let the ball do the talking for him.

The Barbados-born paceman took five wickets on Wednesday against Sri Lanka, who were all out for 67, and England thus took a series lead as they won the third ODI by 10 wickets.

Jordan said of his brand of aggression: "I don't do too much talking – I try to let the ball and the bat do the bulk of talking for me. My team-mates around me can talk a bit if they like."

One tool he does employ is the short ball, and to good effect in the first and third one-dayers, with Sri Lanka unable to cope with his pace and accuracy. Jordan hopes to keep using that weapon to maximum effect.

He added: "That's something we spoke about, so I hope we can continue throughout the series. I want to be able to hit teams hard and use the short ball wisely, because you are allowed two in an over.

"So with the extra man inside the circle, I'm sure if the guys can get it up there they will try their best to use both (each over)."

With everyone jumping on the Jordan bandwagon, one of his biggest fans is England bowling coach David Saker, who praised the young Sussex bowler for his work ethic and all-round skills.

Saker said: "The way he prepares for every game, the way he looks after himself, he's the ultimate professional. He always wants to get better and he is getting better every game.

"He fields really well. He bowls well and when he gets the ball in his area he hits it out of the park so he's been a fantastic find for us."

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