Chris Jordan explains how the defeat to the West Indies in the previous T20 World Cup final has strengthened the team; England looking to become double world champions after winning the 50-over version in 2019; Jordan Says Tymal Mills’ “Unique Skills” Will Help England In UAE
Chris Jordan comforts Ben Stokes after England’s defeat to the West Indies in the 2016 T20 World Cup final in Kolkata
Chris Jordan says England are a better team for their heartbreaking defeat in the 2016 T20 World Cup final and is confident they have the “talent and chemistry” to challenge this time around.
England appeared to be the big favorites to triumph in Calcutta five years ago when Jordan’s penultimate of eight races left the West Indies requiring 19 of the last, only for Carlos Brathwaite to hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes and lead the Caribbean team to the league. victory at Eden Gardens.
Jordan says England’s decision-making improved in the wake of that loss, helping them win the World Cup of 50+ at home three years later.
The closer is optimistic: His team can now push to become double world champion by winning the T20 masterpiece for the first time since 2010, with his 2021 campaign beginning against the West Indies in Dubai on October 23.
“I wouldn’t say we are too obsessed with it. It’s part of the sport, part of life,” Jordan said of England’s defeat in the 2016 final.
“You can’t really write, Carlos’s hitting in the last over was incredible, and we came out stronger as a team and as a unit.
“I remember that we passed so quickly, but after the games, when we got into those situations, we started to slow down the game a little more so that the decisions made were much clearer.
“You saw it at the 2019 World Cup. The team was really on autopilot: in any pressure situation, you would see the game slow down and everyone was making informed and correct decisions.
“Having been together for so long, the chemistry is there, the talent is there, all the ingredients are there for us to have a decent run this season, but we have to play one game at a time and build throughout the tournament. The squad is very, very strong and I am quite optimistic
“The approach is very, very clear and we’ve been playing together for quite some time, so we know each other’s games quite well and we’ve played quite a few high-pressure games in front of big crowds.”
England will be without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, two heroes from their countdown win over New Zealand in the 50+ final at Lord’s two years ago, during the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Stokes is prioritizing his mental well-being and rehabilitation from a finger injury, while Archer is currently out of the game due to an elbow stress fracture.
Archer’s absence could see Tymal Mills become a key cog in England’s bowling lineup and Jordan says the left-armed speedy, a longtime teammate of his in Sussex, has a “set of unique skills. “
“I’ve been there for a lot of his ups and downs,” Jordan said of Mills, who, after battling injury, is in line for his first England appearance since February 2017.
“He seems to be in a really good place mentally. He’s been able to string together a lot of games in a row, which he hasn’t been able to do in the past, and he feels a lot more confident in his body.
“His skill set is unique – he bowls at an extreme pace, but he also has clever variations and, moreover, a lot of confidence in his own ability and when it comes to setting courses.”
Jordan, who recently rejoined Surrey, has been England’s T20 death pitcher for several years and could join Mills in that role, with the pair acting effectively on the backend of innings this summer for Sussex and the Los Angeles. Hundred Southern Brave winners.
Jordan, England’s all-time T20 international shooting leader with 73 scalps in 65 games, added: “Our batting lineup is well stacked, it’s phenomenal and can chase any score.
“So I think if we can become a bowling unit, create really clear roles for players and close games on the backend [we can do well].
“Most of the games in T20 come down to the last two overs and if we can keep our nerves, be calm in those situations and make clear decisions, I think we should do well.”
Watch the T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports between October 17 and November 14. England’s first game, against the West Indies, will be live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 2.30pm on Saturday, October 23.