England v Sri Lanka: Alastair Cook hails ‘fantastic’ Chris Jordan
England v Sri Lanka: Alastair Cook heaps praise on match-winner Chris Jordan after 81-run win under Duckworth/Lewis method
Alastair Cook lavished praise on Chris Jordan after the England all-rounder’s starring performance helped the hosts beat Sri Lanka by 81 runs under Duckworth/Lewis method.
Cook’s men posted a formidable target of 247-6 after a rain-affected 39 overs as Gary Ballance and Joe Root impressed with the bat before Jordan’s quick-fire 39 not out.
He flew in and he bowled quickly. Those wickets he got, it looked very uncomfortable batting
The 25-year-old was similarly impressive with the ball as he took three wickets for the cost of 25 runs, with Sri Lanka’s batting order failing to find any form.
“It was a fantastic performance,” Cook told ECB’s website.
“To come in and whack it like he did – he hit a really clean ball, against a very good death bowler – was a credit.
“That extra 30-odd we got in the last two overs gave us that momentum swing we really needed.
“Then he probably didn’t start off as well in the first two overs (with the ball).
“But when he came back, he flew in and he bowled quickly. Those wickets he got, it looked very uncomfortable batting.”
Cook was happy with England’s overall performance as the hosts scored their first significant victory of Peter Moores’s reign ahead of the remaining four matches of the ODI series.
“You want to see people enjoying themselves … and I hope people can see that passion,” Cook added. “It was (impressive). We played really well.
“Everyone contributed to the performance, and that’s important. We handled the conditions, and the change of the game, very well.
“I’ve always said there’s a lot of talent there, and the guys have been given an opportunity. It’s up to them to take it.
“They’ve been given first crack of the whip, and over the last couple of (ODI) games the youngsters have really stood up.”