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T20 World Cup: Chris Jordan welcomes ‘great’ English bowling changes in Super 12 stage


T20 World Cup: Chris Jordan celebrates a wicket against West Indies.© AFP

Chris Jordan on Thursday praised the “tremendous” efforts of England’s improvised bowling attack after dominating victories in their first two T20 World Cup matches. England beat defending champions West Indies for 55 and won by six wickets in their tournament opener before Bangladesh were limited to 124-9 and won on Wednesday after an eight-wicket win. Their performances with the ball were all the more impressive as Eoin Morgan’s men missed several key bowlers. England traveled to the United Arab Emirates without the injured Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran, while Tom Curran and Mark Wood were also on the sidelines of the first two games. But left-arm seam bowler Tymal Mills and versatile Chris Woakes performed after returning to England’s Twenty20 squad for the first time since 2017 and 2015 respectively.

“The chemistry between the boys and the way everyone took on every role they were given was tremendous,” said English pacemaker Jordan.

“We were looking for that intensity and went into that first game which was a big focus – to bring our level of intensity and let everything else take care of itself.”

England bowled 59 bowls in 86 deliveries along the route of the West Indies, with spinner Moeen Ali named player of the match after taking 2-17 with 18 bowls.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid took 4-2, but played a lesser role against Bangladesh, as Mills, Liam Livingstone, Woakes and Ali shared the wickets, in a match where Jordan himself bowled two wicket-free overs for 15 runs.

“Everyone is chased and every time someone entered the game, they broke their tires and supported what guys had done before. Long may it continue,” the 33-year-old added.

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“We want to continue to build, looking for areas we can improve and keep building as the tournament progresses.”

England take on Australia – who beat them in the 2010 World T20 final – on Saturday in Dubai in their quest to become the first team to win both the title and the 50-over World Cup at the same time.

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