England all-rounder Chris Jordan looking to make impact in Twenty20 games

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Chris Jordan is hoping to finally see some meaningful match action again for England, after six weeks of inactivity in the United Arab Emirates.

The fast bowler's tour began unexpectedly early in mid-October, summoned as a Test squad replacement for the injured Steven Finn.

Yet Jordan, himself fit again after a summer hampered by a torn side muscle, was restricted to a handful of substitute-fielding cameos until a more central role at last in the Twenty20 warm-up victory over UAE in Abu Dhabi.

He was initially picked for neither the three Tests nor four one-day internationals against Pakistan, but was always in England's plans for the three remaining Twenty20s - starting in Dubai on Thursday.

Jordan's first foray to the middle on tour was a mixed bag, impressive with the ball for figures of two for 14 against modest opposition but his batting was "a lot rusty", by his own admission.

England's innings subsided, after Jason Roy gave them a great start, and Jordan's uncharacteristic but unbeaten 12 from 18 balls contained just one four between the huffs and puffs and heaves and misses.

He is confident nonetheless, having been included in England's Test squad to take on South Africa next month, that he can make up for lost time.

White-ball assignments are perhaps the Sussex seamer's most obvious ambition this winter - an ICC World Twenty20 in India coming in March - but he senses an opportunity too to press for a third-seamer role behind Test linchpins James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

"I set quite high standards for myself, and I do want to offer so much more - especially with the ball, backing up our two leaders Jimmy and Broady," he said.

"I don't think you've seen the best of me yet, and I hope you can in the coming months."

Jordan has had to channel his energy here, while others have been picked ahead of him.

"I've had to be quite patient. It's been a long tour.

"I've been doing my best to force my way into the team. It's not hard for me to get motivated, living my dream touring with England.

"It can be difficult at times but as long as you're working as hard as you can to try to get into that team, then you hope if you do get that opportunity you can take it."

If his chance comes over the next week, wickets - and a few timely sixes - are on his agenda.

In six Twenty20 innings, he averages almost one maximum every time he takes guard - at a strike rate of more than 135.

Those are persuasive statistics for any coach who wants to bat deep, but Jordan knows it is his bowling which must lead the way.

He said: "I'll be trying to take wickets up top, be threatening with that new ball and smack a few at the end, to win a few games."

He went two months between matches, so could be forgiven for not instantly finding the middle on Monday.

"I was a lot rusty!" he added.

"But I've been feeling particularly confident with the ball.

"It could take one moment of brilliance, and I'm away again."

Success in South Africa would be especially welcome.

"Coming back from my injury, it was a pretty long road - and I'm just glad I'm up and running again.

"Guys came into the team and did really well in the Ashes. So after that happened, you have no choice but to take that step back and try to work your way in again."

Jordan had a contingency, to play for the Sylhet Superstars in the Bangladesh Premier League - which began this week - but is delighted, of course, to change plans.

"If I hadn't got the nod, I'd have kept working my nuts off - and I had Bangladesh available.

"I can't see why it wouldn't be a great opportunity - I'd have been playing with loads of international players, guys who play in the IPL year in year out.

"I didn't see a much better opportunity than to go and try to learn from them, and progress my game as quickly as possible."

Instead, he can do likewise in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and first of all, Dubai.


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