Thursday, 2 May 2013

Chris Jordan - shirker or worker??

Telegraph blog isn't working so I'm dragging this old tool out the box for ad hoc commentary on the Sussex v Warwickshire game at Hove. Hoorah, I can hear you say!

The sun is shining again and the ground looks absolutely glorious. The strip is right in front of the press box this week so we have a great view.....not sure it gets any better than this (if you are a Sussex supporter that is!!). Chris Jordan and Matt Prior have had a bumper morning giving Sussex the right to claim the session....334 for seven with 45 minutes to go to lunch.

Jordan is a great example of what can go wrong when a player ends up at the wrong county - as he did with Surrey. Apparently he arrived at Sussex with a tag - as a shirker, as someone who didn't try that hard, with limited ability.

But so far in this match, he has been wearing a completely different tag. Workhorse...and possible match winner. He spoke of Surrey as not being a place where he felt at home - and one gets the impression that Rory Hamilton-Brown felt the same way last summer - but he certainly looks like his Martlet slippers have been placed just across the boundary rope here in Hove...along with a mug of cocoa!

Only in the last few of his 28 overs has his line strayed but apart from that, he has been fantastic - lots of pace and each ball tailored to the batter and the moment! Helps that he has the country's best keeper behind the stumps.

He now has 4-73 while Matty P has five catches so far with three opportunities still up for grabs. Warwickshire might want to forget this morning...haven't covered themselves in glory and on this pitch....flat flat flat...they probably should have fared a bit better.

Lunch approaching and I'm heading off to the Sussex Museum where they are launching a new Australian Ashes exhibition. Am so excited - pathetic really.

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