LONDON, CMC– Former England spinner Graeme Swann says West Indian all-rounder Chris Jordan should be in England’s starting XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka in June.
Jordan took 5-29 in England’s 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Wednesday’s third one-day international at Old Trafford.
“A thousand per cent yes,” declared Swann on BBC Radio 5 live.
“He looks ready-made for international cricket.”
The Sussex seamer, playing only his 11th ODI, was named man-of-the-match for the second time in the series.
England dismissed Sri Lanka for 67 then chased down the target in 12.1 overs to move 2-1 ahead in the five-match series.
“He’s put both his hands up in the air,” said Swann who took 255 Test and 79 one-day wickets for England.
“He looks confident, he looks buoyant and vibrant. He’s a definite candidate for that first eleven.”
Jordan said his team was determined to make amends after suffering its heaviest home defeat in one-day internationals on Sunday.
England were bowled out for 99 as they were beaten by 157 runs in the second ODI.
“After Durham, we had a really good chat as a team. We were hurting, not just because we got beat but the manner in which we were beaten,” said Jordan who returned the best one-day figures by an England bowler at Old Trafford.
“We really wanted to put it right today, and we did so. We were surprised at how quickly we won but we’re happy. Playing international cricket fires me up and it was nice to get one over on them.”