Chris Jordan might miss out on his dream of playing in this summer’s World Cup, but if Jofra Archer gets the nod then at least he will be happy his ‘little brother’ will represent the family.
The family in this case is Sussex Cricket Club, where both Jordan and Archer are members, but their relationship runs deeper than just a dressing room.
The two Barbados-born bowlers have made the same professional decision to build their lives and their careers in England, with Jordan showing the way 10 years before Archer.
Over the last few years, he has been a mentor, sounding board and de facto older brother to Archer who he talks to almost every day even when one or other is halfway around the world. And even though he still harbours slim hopes of his own to be in hosts England’s squad for the 50-over showpiece event, the truth is that Archer is the coming man.
“I speak to him every day — literally every day, he’s like my little brother,” said Jordan, who accounted for Chris Gayle as England won Tuesday’s opening T20 of a three-game series.
“One of the things I admire about Jofra, for a kid so young he’s got a good head on his shoulders. He is similar to me, just takes one moment at a time and one game at a time.
“There is noise about him potentially playing in the series before the World Cup.
“He still has to qualify, which I think he has another week or so to go. If it happens, it’s a dream come true for him. I’m more than certain he’ll rise to the occasion because he’s that type or person and that type of character.
“Hopefully it comes through for him.”
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