With the all-important 2019 World Cup around the corner, all the ten teams have started the intense discussion on finalizing their respective 15-member squad. The hosts, England, who are being considered as the top contenders to lift the prestigious World Cup title this year, are also struggling to figure out the right combination for the coming mega event. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently mentioned that all the participating teams have to submit the names of their respective World Cup squads by April 30.
I hope the World Cup ship hasn’t sailed
The visiting England team registered a convincing 4-wicket victory against the host Windies team in the first T20I in St Lucia, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. The England bowlers delivered an efficient combined performance to restrict the Windies batsman in the first innings. English batsman Jonny Bairstow then smashed a blistering half-century knock to lead the visitors to an emphatic victory.
English fast bowler Chris Jordan also bowled really well in the first T20I match and ended with impressive figures of 2/16 in his three overs. He is now eyeing to push his case further for a probable 2019 World Cup squad. During a recent conversation, Jordan revealed that he is still hopeful of making to the England squad for the coming mega event. However, he also mentioned that he wants to concentrate on the present, rather than thinking about the future.
“I hope the [World Cup] ship hasn’t sailed. I can’t get too far ahead in my thinking, I’m not that type of character. One game at a time and let the outcomes take care of themselves,” said Chris Jordan.
I have had conversations with Ed Smith
The paceman further stated that he has been in touch regularly with English chief selector, Ed Smith. He also mentioned that the chief selector has assured him that the fast bowler is still in the scheme of things for the upcoming World Cup. Jordan who last played ODIs for England during the 2016 series against Pakistan, has scalped 43 wickets from 31 ODIs.
“I’ve had conversations with Ed when squads are being picked and he’s always said I’m there or thereabouts, in the discussions. That gives me encouragement. T20 cricket is what I’m involved with at the minute, anything past that I’ll leave to the selectors and the captain,” he added.