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Archer pushing for Wanderers recall
Graham Thorpe revealed Jofra Archer bowled with good rhythm and pace in the nets two days before the final Test starts.An elbow injury kept Archer out of victories at Newlands and St George's Park that have given the tourists a 2-1 lead with one match to play at the Wanderers.
Chris Jordan hopes to form a long-term England double act with Jofra Archer - and is determined to boost that bid during the white-ball clashes in South Africa.
Jordan and his Sussex team-mate Archer have played only one game together for England, a Twenty20 international against Pakistan in May.
Archer is missing the limited-overs games against the Proteas - he was rested for the three ODIs but an elbow injury means he will now sit out the trio of T20 internationals as well.
Jordan, though, has a chance to push for regular inclusion in England's 50-over side, having already become a mainstay of their T20 team.
Root: Beating Proteas would be my finest hour as captain
Should England overcome South Africa in the final Test, it would mark Joe Root's proudest achievement as captain.England head into the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers - which starts on Friday - with a 2-1 lead, having already extended their unbeaten run in away Test series against the Proteas to four.
"It would be nice to play a lot more cricket for England with [Archer]," said Jordan. "I'm looking forward to it.
"It was a nice surprise [to be selected] but a welcome one and one that I will be embrace," Jordan added of his call-up for an ODI series which began in disappointing fashion for England as they lost the opener by seven wickets in Cape Town on Tuesday.
"From a personal point of view I have been putting in a lot of hard work, playing in various tournaments around the world, putting in some decent performances on the T20 front for England.
"It was just nice to be back out there in the ODI side after three-and-a-half years, but it's one thing being there, another coming out and performing."
Jordan confident England can bounce back from Cape Town defeat
"Two games ago this team was lifting the World Cup, we're confident we can bounce back."Six months on from winning the World Cup and in their first ODI since the nail-biting final against New Zealand at Lord’s, England were blown away by seven wickets with 14 balls to spare at Newlands.
Archer missed the final three Tests in South Africa with his elbow issue but Jordan says he remains in good spirits and desperate to play for England.
"I speak to him quite regularly. I would say he's a pretty laid-back character, as you all know by now. He's not sweating too much," said the 31-year-old.
"He's the sort of guy that wants to play every single game for England and show what he can do. It's frustrating for him but it is part and parcel of being a professional cricketer. I just wish him a speedy recovery."
On England's heavy defeat in Cape Town in their first ODI since winning the Cricket World Cup in July, Jordan said: "We're obviously very disappointed with the result. We didn't play anywhere near our best cricket.
"Normally when we're at our best we're on the front foot with bat, ball and in the field but we were slightly off the mark."
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England will look to level the series in Durban on Friday and set up a decider in Johannesburg on Sunday.
"Two games ago this team was lifting the World Cup, so we're more than confident we can bounce back," added Jordan.
Watch the second ODI between South Africa and England, at Kingsmead, live from 10.30am on Friday on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event.
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