Veteran pace bowler Chris Jordan is excited about getting to work with the Hobart Hurricanes and delivering a maiden title to the team.
The Hurricanes selected the former Perth Scorcher, with their first pick in September’s BBL draft (fourth overall), adding to an imposing squad that includes fellow recruits in New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson and Englishman T20 batting specialist Sam Hain.
The 35-year-old is coming off a solid T20 Blast tournament back home in England, finishing third amongst the wickets for Surrey, with 15 behind fellow countryman Sam Curran and West Indian right-arm off-spinner Sunil Narine.
Being part of the BBL pressure is nothing new to Jordan, who produced one of the memorable outfield catches whilst playing for the Perth Scorchers against the Melbourne Renegades.
“I mean that pressure and that expectation is always there,” Jordan said.
“Some of them pretty accustomed to, especially the role that I normally play within teams.
“I have to bowl quite a few important overs and bat in quite key positions and fielding in quite key positions, so it doesn’t change too much.
“It’s just about me getting my mindset right, taking one day at a time, one game at a time, and more or less just trying to gel into the outfit and fit into the outfit as quickly as possible.”
Apart from representing England at international level, Jordan has played in a number of leagues such as Indian Premier League for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians, the Pakistan Super League for the Karachi Kings, and in the BBL for the Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers and now the Hobart Hurricanes.
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Jordan says it has been a challenge, but it’s another chapter he’s embracing for.
“It can be quite challenging at times, but I mean the build up and training days and just spending a little bit of time off the field as well,” Jordan said.
“Just getting to know people, what they like, what they like to operate.
“Those kind of things normally help you settle quite quickly. So I don’t see this being much different.’
Gelling with his new teammates will be a fast transition for Jordan, who played with Nathan Ellis in IPL as well as Riley Meredith and Tim David at the Mumbai Indians.
Known for his electric speed, Jordan notched up the seventh-fastest delivery at last year’s men’s T20 World Cup at 148.74 kph. However, his batting has become of value, which saw him in the T20 Blast playing for Surrey in 2022 smash a rapid-fire 73 off only 35 deliveries against Somerset.
Jordan sees himself contributing as an “all-rounder”.
“I’ll just try and contribute as best as I possibly can throughout the campaign,” Jordan said.
The Hurricanes begin their BBL13 campaign against the Sydney Sixers on Monday evening in Launceston.