Sport England's Chris Jordan issues rallying call of support for Jason Roy
Stokes' ODI career ends in defeat as South Africa win series opener
England slipped to a 62-run defeat against South Africa in their ODI series opener in Durham - Ben Stokes bowing out of international 50-over cricket on a losing note. Stokes, struggling with his knee, got through five overs with the ball, the same amount he scored with the bat before his final ODI innings was ended by Aiden Markram. England's World Cup winning hero from 2019 was given a rapturous reception and standing ovation from his home crowd on his way to and from the field.
Chris Jordan has backed Jason Roy to put a miserable sequence behind him in Sunday’s T20 series decider againstat the Ageas Bowl.
Roy’s 22-ball 20 in Thursday’s 58-run defeat at Sophia Gardens took his haul in five 20-over internationals this summer to 59 runs off 80 balls – a strike-rate of just 73. His ODI form has been little better.
But England’s white-ball captain, who is still searching for his first series win, backed Roy after the match, arguing he simply had to ‘trust himself’.
And Jordan insisted his team-mate was ‘the type of character to come through it’.
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Phil Salt will be looking to "take his opportunity with both hands" if he replaces Ben Stokes in England's ODI middle order.Stokes announced his retirement from 50-over cricket on Monday with Tuesday's 62-run defeat to South Africa in Durham his 105th and final game in the format.
He added: ‘We in the dressing-room back him 250%, because we know that when he’s on song he’s a real match winner. Don’t be surprised if he comes good on Sunday.’
Video: India's cricketers practice ahead of opening Group A game against Australia (The Independent)
Another Roy failure in Southampton, however, may sharpen the selectors’ minds ahead of England’s seven-match T20 series in Pakistan starting in September.
After that, only three games in Australia stand between Buttler and his first World Cup in charge.
At some point, Lancashire’s Phil Salt or Yorkshire’s Harry Brook may need to get a run of games if Roy’s decline proves terminal.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s excellence at the death this summer – a skill he appeared to have mislaid during last year’s World Cup in the UAE – has at least addressed an issue that former captain Eoin Morgan regularly identified as one of his team’s failings.
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Not only is the 33-year-old Jordan touching 90mph, but he has relocated the yorker that first earned him an IPL deal in 2016.
‘It’s one of those balls that, even if the batter knows it’s coming, I try to focus on my execution,’ said Jordan, who conceded only three runs in the 18th over at Bristol, and just four in the 20th in Cardiff.
‘It’s nice to be touching 90. I can also have a little bit up on Jofra [Archer] at the minute as well.’
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