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Chris Jordan eager to use England T20 World Cup heartbreak to unite white-ball belts this winter

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Chris Jordan is eager to use England’s 2016 T20 World Cup heartbreak to unite white-ball belts this winter…

  • Carlos Brathwaite skipped four sixes on Ben Stokes in the last to win the trophy
  • Chris Jordan’s amazing 19th over cost just eight and culminated in a punt
  • Jordan admitted he thought victory was ‘a lot closer’ than it was in the end
  • But the all-rounder hopes to use experience this time to increase England’s chances











Chris Jordan wants to use England’s torturous near miss in the World T20 final from more than five years ago to increase their chances of adding the 20-over-crown to the one-day title they claimed in 2019.

The story of that night at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in April 2016 will always be the four sixes Carlos Brathwaite skipped over to Ben Stokes in the latter as the West Indies pulled the trophy from under England’s noses.

Easier to forget is Jordan’s great 19th left, which took just eight and culminated in a punt for Marlon Samuels, leaving Stokes with 19 to defend.

Chris Jordan wants to use England’s near miss in the 2016 World T20 final as motivation for the tournament this winter

Carlos Brathwaite (right) hit four sixes off Ben Stokes to win the West Indies trophy

Carlos Brathwaite (right) hit four sixes off Ben Stokes to win the West Indies trophy

“I knocked that down under tremendous pressure,” Jordan said. “When I put a dot on that last ball, it definitely felt a lot closer than it was in the end.

“Having that feeling after that ball… I’ll never take myself to that place again. We definitely came out stronger as a unit, and I certainly won’t think that way after I throw the 19th over until it’s completely, completely over.”

Since that night, no one has played more T20 internationals for England than Jordan’s 48 – Eoin Morgan is next, with 45, followed by Adil Rashid at 44 – while no one has taken more T20 wickets for them than his 73. Few, so, are better placed to assess the impact of Brathwaite’s Blitz.

“One of the things that strikes me is how quickly that last one went by,” he said from England’s training camp in Muscat, Oman, ahead of their T20 World Cup opener next week in Dubai to – you guessed it – West. India.

England want to add the 20-over-crown to the one-day title they claimed in 2019

England want to add the 20-over-crown to the one-day title they claimed in 2019

“After that, when we got into those situations, we slowed down the game a bit, which made the decision-making much clearer.”

Seven of the 11 who played in the 2016 final are this time in England’s 15-man roster: Stokes, Alex Hales, Joe Root and Liam Plunkett are missing for various reasons. And Jordan believes the fame can bring content.

“This team has been together for so long,” he said. “The chemistry is there, the talent is there. All the ingredients are there to make a nice run in this campaign.’

At 33 years old and a veteran of T20 competitions in seven different countries, he now qualifies as one of England’s elder statesmen, with Morgan leaning on his clever death bowling and treating him as his go-to man to make bowling changes and discuss tactics.

“I’ve been privileged to see so many different surfaces and experience a lot of different things,” Jordan said. “I just try to read fast on the pitch, on the terms and on the opponent, and I try to bounce my ideas off as much as possible with Morgy.”

Since that night, no one has played more T20 internationals for England than Jordan's 48

Since that night, no one has played more T20 internationals for England than Jordan’s 48

Now he hopes Morgan can arrive in the UAE with the IPL title in his pocket and a spring in his step.

His Kolkata Knight Riders team will qualify for Friday’s final in Dubai if they beat Delhi Capitals in Sharjah on Tuesday, giving Morgan a chance to ease the pain of the terrible batting form that has brought him a tournament average of under 13 .

“That would be a huge boost,” Jordan said. ‘Morgy’s leadership skills and pedigree are well documented. He really implements his philosophies with KKR and the way he wants to play the game.

“You see the players react to it and that’s the strength and character of the person.

“If he takes them all the way I see that will only be positive for the England team as he will come in with confidence to lead us into our campaign as well.”

He also hopes Eoin Morgan (R) can arrive in the UAE with the IPL title in his pocket

He also hopes Eoin Morgan (R) can arrive in the UAE with the IPL title in his pocket

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