Jade Dernbach claims he “couldn’t be more pleased” for Chris Jordan as he continues to make a sizeable impact on the international stage, this is despite the bowler playing a part in displacing the former from the England team.
Following on from a starring display with bat and ball in the opening ODI series victory against Sri Lanka, Jordan was in wonderful form once again on Wednesday, taking 5-29 as England skittled the tourists for only 67 at Old Trafford.
If Jordan was not already an established member of England’s limited over side then this performance confirmed it. Dernbach, meanwhile, was omitted from the England squad for this series, and must have watched on enviously as his former teammate was able to earn the plaudits.
There are no hard feelings from Dernbach, however, who is pleased to see Jordan realising his potential on the international stage having shown early promise when the two were colleagues in the Surrey academy.
“He’s always had that ability. I remember from the early days at Surrey when he first came in - he was very exciting, bowled with great pace and had a lot of natural ability,” Dernbach told GiveMeSport.
“Unfortunately his career stuttered a bit at Surrey, but he made the move to Sussex and it’s worked out brilliantly for him.
“I couldn’t be more pleased. I’ve had the privilege of playing with him a couple of times in an England shirt and that was great, because we grew up together.
“I wish him the very best and I think there’s more to come. People are very excited about what they have seen so far and I can tell that there will be a hell of a lot more to come.”
After Jordan’s fine effort with the ball, meanwhile, England were able to reach the minuscule total with plenty of time to spare as Alastair Cook and Ian Bell ensured a 10-wicket victory. It took only 12.1 overs for England to surpass Sri Lanka, and the hosts completed their fastest 50-over victory in the process.
England now lead the series 2-1, and this triumph represents quite a recovery after Sunday’s dismal defeat.