‘England stronger after 2016 heartbreak’: Chris Jordan

Published October 13, 2021
Ben Stokes is consoled by his captain Eoin Morgan following England’s loss to the West Indies in the final of the World T20 on April 3, 2016. — File
Ben Stokes is consoled by his captain Eoin Morgan following England’s loss to the West Indies in the final of the World T20 on April 3, 2016. — File

LONDON: Chris Jordan says England’s 2016 World Twenty20 final heartbreak against the West Indies made them a stronger team as Eoin Morgan’s side seek redemption in this year’s tournament.

England had one hand on the trophy in Kolkata before Carlos Brathwaite smashed Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to win the match for the Caribbean side.

Three years later England became world champions in the 50-over format and they are among the favourites for this year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, starting on Sunday.

Jordan conceded only eight runs in the penultimate over of the 2016 final, leaving the West Indies needing 19 off six balls bowled by Stokes and he admonished himself for prematurely thinking the game was over.

“I’ll never take myself to that place again,” said the 33-year-old seamer.

“I definitely won’t be thinking that way after bowling the 19th over until it’s fully, fully over. We tend to laugh about it now, but we definitely came out stronger for it as a unit.

“I wouldn’t say it haunted us too much. Someone has to come up victorious and for something like that to be done in the last over, you can’t write that.”

Jordan believes England, the top-ranked T20 side, now make ‘clearer’ decisions in crunch moments, which he said helped during the victorious 2019 World Cup campaign.

“The team was on autopilot,” he said. “In any situation you saw the game slow down a little bit and everyone came up with an informed and correct decision.”

Published in Dawn, October 13th, 2021

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