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England’s Chris Jordan on Australia star David Warner, The Hundred, Mahela Jayawardene and the IPL auction


England star Chris Jordan discussed David Warner and The Hundred (Picture: Getty)

Chris Jordan felt his team for The Hundred covered all bases at the first draft in October 2019 – so was delighted to see David Warner return to Southern Brave this week ahead of the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Warner was a first-round pick by Mahela Jayawardene’s Southern Brave 16 months ago but the Australia batsman dropped out due to other commitments.

But The Hundred was subsequently postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which allowed Warner to re-enter the draft this week and secure another contract with the Hove-based team.

Warner, 34, was one of only 10 overseas players signed in the draft at the highest available reserve price of £100,000, with Southern Brave again making him their first pick.

According to Jordan, who has played against Warner often for England and was once the Australian’s team-mate in the Indian Premier League, it will be money well spent.

‘I had the pleasure of playing with Davey at the IPL and what he brings is not only his talents on the field but also real leadership,’ Jordan told Metro.co.uk.

‘He’s captained teams in high-pressure environments and the way he is with the young guys is fantastic. He more or less brings the full package.’

David Warner has joined Jordan at Southern Brave for The Hundred (Picture: Getty)

Jordan’s former Sussex team-mate Danny Briggs also joined Southern Brave at the draft. The likes of Jofra Archer, Andre Russell and Marcus Stoinis were already confirmed as Brave signings.

‘I think we have a strong squad,’ Jordan added. ‘I remember thinking that when the first draft was done. We more or less have every base covered. The combination of players under the stewardship of Mahela and [assistant coach] Shane Bond makes for a good mix.’

Andy Flower, Shane Warne and Darren Lehmann are among the coaches to sign up for The Hundred, which features eight brand new teams based in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton and two in London.

Jordan briefly played alongside Southern Brave head coach Jayawardene at Sussex and is looking forward to developing his skills under the multiple IPL winner.

Sri Lanka legend and Southern Brave coach Mahela Jayawardene (Picture: Getty)

‘I’ve had a few encounters with him and he’s a sound, sound guy with a wealth of knowledge,’ Jordan said. ‘You can see already that his coaching pedigree is right up there.

‘To win a couple of IPLs is a big deal because I know the ups and down that that tournament brings. I’m looking forward to continuing the relationship we have and learning from him.’

Before Jordan can focus entirely on The Hundred, he faces a tour of India with England’s white-ball squad and an IPL campaign with Punjab Kings, who signed his England team-mate Dawid Malan at last week’s auction.

‘It’s definitely a good signing and a great opportunity for him as well,’ Jordan said of Malan’s move.

IPL team Punjab Kings signed Jordan’s England team-mate Dawid Malan (Picture: Getty)

‘Obviously he’s the No. 1 T20 batsman in the world but to get the opportunity to play in the IPL for the first time is a big thing, especially with us [England] going into a T20 World Cup.

‘It’s a great opportunity for him to gain some experience and really test himself in those conditions. I’m very pleased for him and looking forward to playing with him for Punjab.’

As Jordan points out, all roads lead to the T20 World Cup at the end of the year. As a key member of England’s T20 squad, it would be easy for Jordan to obsess about his role in a World Cup, but the 32-year-old tries to stay present ‘as much as possible’.

‘In general, that’s me by nature,’ he said. ‘I try not to look too far ahead and stay in the present as much as possible, that way I can put all my energy into what’s happening now and doing my best now.

‘If I can get into that rhythm, hopefully I can string together some performances and by the time the T20 World Cup comes around, I’ll be in pretty good order. But I try not to look too far ahead.’

England will attempt to win the T20 World Cup later in the year (Picture: Getty)

That is probably wise, given how much cricket Jordan has to play before the T20 World Cup. And in a hectic year, The Hundred remains at the forefront of his mind.

He said: ‘It’s a real exciting time. It’s a shame we couldn’t get it up and running last summer but the list of players and the list of stars and talent on show in every single squad is so strong.

‘That combination will make for good viewing and for exciting games. I can’t wait to get going.’

Jordan was speaking following the launch of The Hundred Rising programme, which will aim to create 100 career opportunities for young people in an initiative running in conjunction with the tournament, which starts on July 21.

‘It’s a great initiative,’ Jordan said. ‘Providing young people with an opportunity to launch or even enhance their careers is a really positive part of the tournament.’

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