England all-rounder Chris Jordan is excited about the prospect of leading his first county Surrey when he returns to The Kia Oval for the 2022 season.
Jordan, 33, played 68 times for Surrey between 2007 and 2012 and has now re-joined the Club after nine seasons with Sussex. He will take charge of the Club’s Vitality Blast side having spent much of his career shining in the T20 format for England and in franchise leagues around the world.
Speaking ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup, Jordan reiterated that the chance to take charge of an exciting young team was crucial in his return to South London.
He said: “I’m not thinking about it prolonging [my career] as such, I’m living in the moment. I feel like, throughout my career, I have transitioned into slightly different roles. The prospect of captaining the T20 side is a challenge I was looking forward to and I can’t wait to challenge myself in that way.
“I’ve played in so many different conditions against and with so many different players so I feel I’ve built a decent base of knowledge. Now I want to explore that and test it out in what is a very talented and young Surrey team.”
As England’s leading wicket taker in T20 history, Jordan clearly has a lot of wisdom to impart. And with a captaincy career looming next season, there is undoubtedly some responsibility on Jordan’s shoulders in the England camp ahead of the World Cup.
However, he insists that a leadership role won’t change him too much.
“On a day to day basis, I just try to lend a helping hand as much as possible and be there for anyone who needs me. I’ve been privileged enough to travel the world and play with so many players and under so many captains and coaches. All of that is something I’m very grateful and to be in a position to share that with the guys is a real honour for me.”