Cricket: Saker salutes Jordan’s Sri Lanka rout

MANCHESTER, May 29, 2014 (AFP) – England bowling coach David Saker hailed Chris Jordan as the “ultimate professional” after the all-rounder spearheaded a stunning 10-wicket defeat of Sri Lanka in the third one-day international. Meanwhile Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was left hoping his side could follow England’s example in bouncing back from a heavy defeat come Saturday’s fourth ODI at Lord’s.

“We are in the same situation,” he said. “It’s one of the worst games I’ve ever played, ever been a part of.

“Poor shot selection was the main reason we got so few runs. But it was never a 67 wicket — there were no demons in it.” Sussex paceman Jordan took a career-best five wickets for 29 runs as England dismissed Sri Lanka for just 67 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

“The way he prepares for every game, the way he looks after himself, he’s the ultimate professional,” Saker said of Jordan.

Saker, himself a former Victoria and Tasmania seam bowler, added Jordan’s attitude was equalled only by his talent.

“He always wants to get better and he is getting better every game,” the 47-year-old bowling guru insisted.

“He fields really well. He bowls well and when he gets the ball in his area he hits it out of t