England stars Jordan and Prior to miss Sussex's relegation battle

Chris Jordan has retained his place in the England squad for the first Test against India

Chris Jordan has retained his place in the England squad for the first Test against India

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Sussex will be without Chris Jordan for their relegation battle against Northamptonshire on Sunday after the all-rounder was named in the England squad for the first Test against India yesterday.

There was speculation Jordan would be dropped in favour of Ben Stokes for the match at Trent Bridge after failing to take a wicket in the defeat by Sri Lanka at Headingly.

However, Jordan has retained his place alongside Sussex wicketkeeper Matt Prior with Stokes – who destroyed Sussex in their last Championship match – being added to what is now a 13-man squad.

Stokes could still play in place of Jordan but that decision would not be made until next Wednesday meaning he is unavailable to face bottom-club Northants at Hove.

Coach Mark Robinson said: “It is a difficult decision for England as Stokes is obviously an exciting talent and they want to get him in the side but none of the bowlers has done badly so it would be tough to leave any of them out.

“It’s not necessarily between CJ and Stokes as it could be (Liam) Plunkett or (Stuart) Broad who is left out. The most obvious thing to do would be to stick with the same team.”

Jordan and Prior will also be missing for the NatWest T20 Blast match against Gloucestershire at Bristol tomorrow night.

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9:14am Thu 3 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

The Northants match certainly is a relegation battle. All the teams above us, other than Lancs, are effectively a maximum points win above us and it is very hard indeed to see how we will catch up with any of the top 6 given our abysmal form and our remaining fixtures. Three of our 6 remaining matches are against the top three in the table. What we have to do is ensure we end up above Lancashire. So I believe we MUST beat Northants twice to have a reasonable chance of staying in Division 1. We also play Lancs at home so a win in that game is extremely important too and we certainly can't afford to lose that one.
The Northants match certainly is a relegation battle. All the teams above us, other than Lancs, are effectively a maximum points win above us and it is very hard indeed to see how we will catch up with any of the top 6 given our abysmal form and our remaining fixtures. Three of our 6 remaining matches are against the top three in the table. What we have to do is ensure we end up above Lancashire. So I believe we MUST beat Northants twice to have a reasonable chance of staying in Division 1. We also play Lancs at home so a win in that game is extremely important too and we certainly can't afford to lose that one. MikeTheMan
  • Score: 5

5:51pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Neville says...

Sussex are now in relegation position with a game in hand on Lancs.
As have said before ECB give no consideration to championship cricket and the release of players,any England player is wrapped in cotton wool,hence the situation a few weeks ago with Jordan. Crowds are poor generally in the game and even T20 is suffering.
The performances this season have been woeful and Robinson rarely gives interviews these days and seems unable to sort the problem out, we also seem to have a silent CEO,all this does not make good reading and are failure to secure a decent batsman will I am afraid cost us dear.
Sussex are now in relegation position with a game in hand on Lancs. As have said before ECB give no consideration to championship cricket and the release of players,any England player is wrapped in cotton wool,hence the situation a few weeks ago with Jordan. Crowds are poor generally in the game and even T20 is suffering. The performances this season have been woeful and Robinson rarely gives interviews these days and seems unable to sort the problem out, we also seem to have a silent CEO,all this does not make good reading and are failure to secure a decent batsman will I am afraid cost us dear. Neville
  • Score: 1

11:02am Sun 6 Jul 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

Need a change, as good as Robbo has been time for a new face
Need a change, as good as Robbo has been time for a new face Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 0

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