Chris Jordan has been backed to survive and thrive in the tough world of Test cricket.
Sussex coach Mark Robinson believes the all-rounder has both the ability and character to deal with the challenges of playing for England in the five-day format.
Jordan and Sussex team-mate Matt Prior were yesterday named in a new-look England squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting at Lord’s next week.
It is Jordan’s first Test call while Prior returns to the squad after being dropped for the final two matches of the Ashes series in Australia last winter and then sidelined by injury.
Jordan has made rapid progress since joining Sussex in the winter of 2012 following his release by Surrey.
The 25-year-old made his one-day international debut against Australia last September and produced two man-of-the-match performances while taking 12 wickets in the Royal London one-day series against Sri Lanka, which concluded this week.
Robinson said: “I know how hard both of them have worked for this and how much they have given so I’m very pleased for them and very proud for them.
“Chris came here as a highly determined man. He is an outstanding person as an individual and that counts. “Coupled with the workrate and hopefully a good environment and the good coaches we have got here, it has been a perfect match.
“He should just keep getting better. At some point there will be a dip because everybody does when the game gets a bit harder but it should only be temporary. He has all the attributes to be an outstanding cricketer.
“He should keep improving as a cricketer. The danger is sometimes, as a British media, we build players up and then we are all over them when they don’t quite fulfil up to it in the short term. “He has to be aware of those type of things and make sure he has good people around him who will keep him honest and keep him humble.”
Prior proved his fitness following an on-going Achilles problem by keeping wicket for the first time since December in a first class game in Sussex’s draw with Nottinghamshire this week.
Having already played 75 Tests, Robinson believes his experience will be invaluable in a 12-man squad featuring three uncapped players in Jordan, Sam Robson and Moeen Ali.
Robinson said: “Matt is a hard, seasoned, experienced international player, surely you need those type of players alongside you, especially at a time like this when you are looking to go again with some new, younger players. At any time, those players are worth their weight in gold.”