Eng v SL, 3rd ODI: Chris Jordan's a talent with much more to deliver
'Pace bowler is more than capable of ramping up his pace...'
Last Updated: 28/05/14 6:55pm
The Sussex fast bowler snared 5-29 as England routed Sri Lanka for just 67 in the third one-day international at Old Trafford, the tourists' third-lowest score in 50-over cricket.
Skipper Alastair Cook and Ian Bell knocked off the runs in just 12.1 overs to secure a 10-wicket win that puts England 2-1 up in the series and makes swift amends for their calamitous batting display on Sunday, when they were bowled out for just 99 at Durham.
But it was Jordan who claimed the man-of-the-match award, his second in the series following a blistering 38no and 3-25 in England's 81-run win on the Duckworth-Lewis method at the Oval last week, and Botham said the 25-year-old has plenty more to deliver.
"[Bowling coach] David Saker won't want to do too much at the moment as Jordan is picking up wickets but what you will see slowly is Jordan's run-up improving; that will generate more pace and make him an even more exciting prospect. I think he's as good as I've seen for a while.
"At the moment he is probably still thinking a lot about the time when he got injured at 21 and was out for quite a while with a back injury - I think that is still in the back of his mind.
"His point of a release is a little bit lower when he goes wider and bowls short, so therefore it skids more than it bounces which makes it more difficult to play. It's also harder to pick up the length.
"When he gets in tighter to the wicket he gets his arm higher. When he works a little bit more with his run-up he might get another half-yard of pace, so it's exciting. Jordan is an exciting young cricketer."
Cook had no hesitation in opting to bowl first under heavy cloud cover after winning the toss and his decision was quickly justified as Anderson (2-10 off seven overs) made in-roads into Sri Lanka's batting on his home ground, receiving strong support from Jordan, Harry Gurney and James Tredwell (2-2).
Former all-rounder Botham said the attack's success is proof that new head coach Peter Moores and Saker are getting their plans across to the team.
"I thought England were excellent," he reflected. "As I said before the game, we don't want to be too hasty to judge this new team and this new management because it is a work in progress, if you like, and the work in progress was excellent.
"Jordan adjusted his length and Jimmy Anderson led the attack beautifully; he bowled seven overs, taking 2-10, and the whole attack got their lengths right.
"Of course you bowl the odd short ball - Jimmy got a wicket with one - but you're stock delivery on a pitch like this on which you are getting a little bit of help has got to be a good length or just back of a length, so you let the ball do the work.
"That's common sense. As a bowler you dream of these heavy, overcast conditions and a pitch with a little bit of pace and bounce. You bowl seam up and get your line right and you let the ball do the work.
"If England had done that at Durham it might have been a totally different outcome; but they got it right, it worked and hopefully that will continue now. The fielding all-round was a lot better too."
See if Sri Lanka can bounce back in the fourth one-day international against England, live from Lord's from 10am on Sky Sports 2 this Saturday.