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Aus v Eng 1st ODI: Paceman Chris Jordan has got 'a massive England future'

Mark Butcher - Mark Butcher Posted 7th January 2014 view comments

Sussex paceman Chris Jordan can push his 2015 World Cup claims by rocking Australia in the upcoming ODI series, says Mark Butcher.

Jordan, 25, dismissed Australian skipper Michael Clarke on his way to figures of 3-51 on debut at the Ageas Bowl in September and is primed to add to his one-day caps after spending the winter Down Under with the England Performance Programme.

The fast bowler is part of a 17-man squad selected for the five-match ODI series, beginning in Melbourne on Sunday, which features several changes from the squad that lost the Ashes 5-0 as it was decimated by the searing pace of Mitchell Johnson.

Kevin Pietersen, Jonny Bairstow, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Scott Borthwick and Monty Panesar will play no part in the series - nor will Matt Prior, Graeme Swann (retired) and Jonathan Trott, who is recovering from a stress-related illness.

Jordan is joined in the party by all-rounders Ravi Bopara and Chris Woakes, batsman Eoin Morgan, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and spinners Danny Briggs and James Tredwell.

Skilful

Butcher, like former England seamer Bob Willis, believes Jordan could well be part of England's Test team for the 2015 Ashes.

"He's a player of rare talent," said Butcher, Surrey skipper when Jordan made his first-class debut for the county in 2007. "He's very, very skilful player who is capable of bowling at 90mph and who is capable of getting the best players out.

"I've seen him get Inzamam-ul-Haq out, done for pace, and dismiss Shivnarine Chanderpaul when he was just 16 years old. He catches pigeons at slip and he can bat - he's better in that department than someone like Tim Bresnan.

"The world is his oyster. He's been given the chance in England one-day colours and he didn't disgrace himself - in fact he took to it like a duck to water - so he's got a massive future.

"It will be a big, big trip for him because he's the type of bowler who looks short and skiddy but he really does get the ball to kick and jump off the surface and he'll get that to happen on Aussie pitches."

Challenging

With the 2015 World Cup just over a year away - a matter of months before the next Ashes series - Butcher told The Ashes Verdict that England can't afford to start slowly on Sunday.

"As much as we'd like this series coming up to be about banishing the ghosts of the Ashes just gone, it is massive preparation for the next World Cup," he said.

"The whole reason that we had back-to-back Ashes was because the next World Cup is Down Under so it's a really big series for all of these players.

"They need to get themselves going and make sure that they are in the running for that particular side, but also to know what is going on with conditions to give them the best possible chance of challenging in that World Cup competition."Former opener Marcus Trescothick was also in The Ashes Verdict studio and gave his view on three players key to England's ODI hopes...

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EOIN MORGAN: He is one of the best players in one-day cricket - he's a brilliant finisher - but he needs to show it again. People have changed how they've bowled at him - they've pushed the ball wide of the off stump and set fields accordingly, knowing that he is very strong in the area from over mid-off to wide mid-wicket. They've made him try and fetch it, knowing that he is susceptible to nicking off in the backward point area.

RAVI BOPARA: He's another very good finisher and he can bowl you some important overs in the middle period. Ravi can knock the ball around but he can also knock it out the park. He can be very destructive on his day in county cricket. The question, in terms of his Test future, is 'has he changed?' He had his opportunity and he got three hundreds against the West Indies but since then he hasn't kicked on.

JOS BUTTLER: He is a joy to watch in one-day cricket. He's been playing in Australia in the Big Bash and some of the knocks he has played have been brilliant. He's built his career on dynamic stroke-play and he can be amazing to watch. He can hit the ball 360 degrees - where do you bowl to a guy like that when he's in good form? He's got a bit of work to do on his four-day and five-day batting but I think he will improve as he goes on. He's a very quick learner and has a great work ethic.

Watch the first one-day international between Australia and England, live on Sky Sports 2 from 3.20am on Sunday morning.

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