Jordan, Salt to Leave Sussex at End of 2021 season
Fast bowler Chris Jordan has decided to leave Sussex and rejoin Surrey at the end of the 2021 season, while top-order batsman Phillip Salt has joined Lancashire. Sussex confirmed these developments, stating that they were both offered new contracts to extend their stay, but they chose to part ways.
Jordan, who moved to Sussex from Surrey in 2013, returns to the club where he made his professional debut in 2007 and played in 68 games. The 32-year-old has signed a contract extension until the 2024 season and will captain Surrey’s T20I team.
Expressed his delight at Jordan’s return
Former England cricketer and current Director of Cricket at Surrey, Alec Stewart, expressed his delight at Jordan’s return.
“I first saw him when he was at Dulwich College as a 16-year-old and his obvious talent was there to see then therefore I’m delighted to welcome CJ back to Surrey, his first home in county cricket,” Stewart said. “He has worked tirelessly at his game to get himself to the point now where he is regarded as one of the finest death bowlers in the world.
Steven Finn will leave Middlesex CCC at the end of the 2021 season to join Sussex CCC.
Chris Jordan & Phil Salt will be leaving Sussex CCC aswell. Chris Jordan to Surrey and Phil Salt to Lancashire.
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“His skill and work ethic, coupled with vast experience at the international and franchise level means I’m very confident he will contribute in a big way both on and off the field.” Jordan, too, is overjoyed to be back and given command of the T20 team.
“I am extremely pleased to be returning to the place where it all started for me at the age of 17. I return having evolved not only as a cricketer but a person and I’m looking forward to continuing that evolution.”I am honored to be entrusted with leading the T20 team over the next few years and playing a part in helping the club win trophies. There is an enormous amount of talent in the dressing room and I can’t wait to get started,” he added.
ODI debut Earlier this Year
Meanwhile, Salt’s move to Lancashire marks the end of his six-year association with Sussex. The soon-to-be 25-year-old, who made his ODI debut earlier this year, averaged 36 in first-class cricket last season while scoring four centuries. Lancashire director of cricket Paul Allott welcomed the addition of an impressive top-order option across formats, as well as ‘another option with the gloves.
“Phil is a top-class addition to our squad, and we are pleased to welcome him to the Club,” Allott said. “He has shown his skills domestically and in the T20 leagues around the world for several years now and he also looked a natural on the international stage for England against Pakistan this summer.
“Phil strengthens our top-order batting in all formats of the game and also gives us another option with the gloves. He is a great lad, and I am sure he will be a big presence in our dressing room for many years to come,” Allott added.
It was difficult for him to leave Sussex
Salt admitted that leaving Sussex was difficult, but the opportunity to represent Lancashire was too good to pass up.
“I’d, first of all, like to thank everyone at Sussex County Cricket Club for the last six years,” Salt said. “I’ve loved every minute playing at Hove and moving on has not been an easy decision to make. “However, the opportunity of playing for Lancashire, having spent much of my childhood in the North West, was something that I couldn’t turn down.
I believe my skills, both in one day and four-day, will be well suited to playing at Emirates Old Trafford and I can’t wait to get started with the squad and meet up with all the players and coaches later on this year,” Salt added.