Chris Jordan insists a trip to India is never a wasted journey - even if he does not play as much cricket as he would like.

Jordan was part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad side which went all the way to the final in the IPL before missing out against Chennai Super Kings.

He only played one match in the tournament - but believes the value of the experience will be truly shown now he is back in the thick of it at Sussex.

Jordan played alongside Sharks’ exciting new T20 addition Rashid Khan while in India but took the opportunity to soak up the depth of knowledge on offer with the Hyderabad camp.

He is putting that experience to good use now as part of the T20 side maintaining England’s summer of white-ball domination (Scotland excluded).

They face more tests this week with a three-match series against India.

The all-rounder said: “Going to India is always a great experience, especially IPL, whether you’re playing a lot of games or not.

“If you’re playing then it is the best place to really move your game on at high speed but even if you’re not playing the type of coaches your working with, the type of players you’re playing with and the amount of time you have to train means there is still time to learn and move your game on.

“That is exactly what I tried to do. I tried to tap into people like VVS Laxman (club mentor) and Muttiah Muralitharan (bowling coach) and the wealth of experience we had in our camp.”

Jordan hopes some of what he learnt in India will benefit his county.

He added: “Any knowledge, and any ways in which the game is developing, the more I can bring back to Sussex to help us develop and move forward is very important as well.

“I never view India as wasted time or a missed opportunity.

“I always try to make the most of the situation and do things one day at a time.

“I enjoyed my time again, we got to the final and I learned a lot in that run. You learn a lot from watching too.

“Yes, it is a bit frustrating not playing but I still do learn a lot.”

Jordan took three wickets and held a brilliant catch to remove top-scorer Aaron Finch as England beat Australia at Edgbaston.

India will offer a sterner test but Jordan knows how they tick.

He also believes the intense focus players are put under in cricket-mad India helps improve his game.

The Sharks ace said: “Playing in the IPL in front of so many people with so many good players, the intensity levels is so high you just see where you need to improve your game or what to bring into your game to make yourself a constant fixture at that level.

“As soon as I come back, I always want to show off my new skills and also the mindset I was working towards there so when I go back into that environment again I put into back in practice.”

Selection will take on an extra edge for the third contest of the series when Ben Stokes becomes available.

Acting coach Paul Farbrace acknowledges it will be a “great problem to have” if Stokes eases through his comeback as a specialist batsman for Durham next Thursday and is cleared to return from his torn hamstring as a fully-fledged all-rounder against India in Bristol three days later.

Someone, however, will have to make way from the team which has just beaten Australia 6-0 across the white-ball formats once Stokes is fit - and Farbrace agrees that person may well feel unfortunate.

He said: “Ben - the fact he is a three-in-one, he can bowl and he is the best fielder - you are going to bring him in as soon as he is available... he’s not a bad bloke to be coming into your team.”