Jordan lets cricket do the talking

Andover Advertiser: Man-of-the-match Chris Jordan took a career-best five for 29 as England beat Sri Lanka at Emirates Old Trafford Man-of-the-match Chris Jordan took a career-best five for 29 as England beat Sri Lanka at Emirates Old Trafford

Chris Jordan intends to carry on doing his talking with bat and ball, after his second man-of-the-match performance in England's last three matches.

Jordan followed his all-round success at The Oval last week with a career-best five for 29 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 67 in 24 overs at Emirates Old Trafford.

England knocked that target off without loss, in just 12.1 overs, to go back in front in the Royal London series - 2-1 with two to play - and therefore quickly erased the effect of their own embarrassment in Durham on Sunday, when they were bowled out for 99 in a near record defeat.

After Alastair Cook - fit again following the groin strain that ruled him out in the North East - had won the toss and James Anderson then took the wickets of Sri Lanka's openers, it was Jordan who ensured the third match of the series would be a short one.

He did so with a smile on his face, ebullient celebrations of his wickets too, but with none of the fuss many pace bowlers use to try to unsettle the opposition.

"I don't do too much talking - I try to let the ball and the bat do the bulk of talking for me," said the 25-year-old all-rounder.

"My team-mates around me can talk a bit if they like."

Jordan does make significant use of the short ball, however, as a wicket-taking weapon.

"That's something we spoke about, so I hope we can continue throughout the series," he added.

"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)."

Jordan, and England's other emerging players in this series, continue to impress captain Cook.

"You only have to look at the guys who are slightly more established senior players, how long they took," he said.

"The first few years of our careers it took us a while to find our feet at international level, to be that real solid performer, so you're going to have to give those young guys a little bit of time.

"But they're a seriously talented bunch of lads."

As for his own well-being, Cook appears confident he will not be troubled by the groin injury again in the near future.

"The body is good," he added.

"It was a tough outfield, and I had a little muscle strain coming back.

"It was a bit wet, and I was a little bit cautious. But it's fine."

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