Chris Jordan set to play England’s World Cup semi-final with Mark Wood struggling


Chris Jordan is ready to play in England’s T20 World Cup semi-final in opposition to India in Adelaide on Thursday night time after doubts emerged over Mark Wood‘s health.

Wooden has been a revelation for England in T20Is since returning to worldwide cricket in Pakistan following a lay-off with an elbow harm. He has constantly bowled above 90mph/145kph all through the World Cup in Australia, taking 9 wickets with an economic system fee of seven.71 within the course of.

However he has hardly bowled in England’s two coaching periods at Adelaide Oval this week on account of a minor harm and ESPNcricinfo understands that he’s unlikely to characteristic in opposition to India consequently. The England camp have described the harm as muscle stiffness.

Jordan has solely performed one aggressive sport since recovering from a finger harm sustained within the Hundred, taking 0 for 39 in three overs in opposition to Australia in Canberra final month, however he’s a massively skilled T20 bowler. If chosen, he’ll present an possibility for Jos Buttler on the dying alongside Sam Curran whereas he’s additionally England’s finest fielder.

Phil Salt additionally seems more likely to play for the primary time on this event, with Dawid Malan struggling in his bid to beat a groin pressure sustained throughout England’s win in opposition to Sri Lanka. Salt is predicted to be carded at No. 3 however might slide down the order if England begin nicely, in line with the versatile batting order they’ve used all through the World Cup.

With Jordan’s doubtless inclusion additional lengthening England’s batting line-up, the choice possibility can be for David Willey to be Malan’s substitute and bat down the order, with Ben Stokes carded to bat at No. 3. That may imply England fielding a workforce with eight bowling choices – together with 5 seamers – however Willey’s left-arm swing with the brand new ball may very well be a potent weapon in opposition to India’s opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.

Buttler mentioned on Wednesday that England would give Wooden and Malan “so long as doable” to show their health. “We’ll see how they pull up,” he mentioned. “Dawid left the sphere the opposite day with a small niggle and Woody has had somewhat little bit of stiffness, however we belief the medical workforce. We belief these two guys as nicely and we’ll give them so long as doable.

“You want guys to be match to take part within the sport. In all sport you’ve got gamers that do not at all times play at one hundred pc, however you’ve got to have the ability to fulfill your position within the workforce. We’ve got 15 guys making ready to play and there is been some actually powerful picks all through the entire event. We have got some improbable gamers who haven’t but performed within the event and so they’re all determined to make their mark if given an opportunity.”

Jordan and Salt each have expertise of Adelaide Oval’s dimensions – quick sq. boundaries, longer straight ones – having performed for Adelaide Strikers within the Huge Bash. Salt has performed 16 innings on the venue, averaging 26.66 with a strike fee of 147.60, whereas Jordan has taken seven wickets in his 4 appearances there, with an economic system fee of 9.14 an over.

England have named the identical workforce all through the World Cup. They’ve 4 unused squad members in Jordan, Salt, Willey and Tymal Mills, whereas Liam Dawson, Luke Wooden and Richard Gleeson have been with the group as travelling reserves.

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