Chris Jordan is relishing his international return to the Ageas Bowl.
The England all-rounder made his international debut on Hampshire’s home track in last year’s 49-run one-day international defeat to Australia.
But despite the loss, Jordan impressed with three for 51 and has not looked back since, making his Test debut in the recent series with Sri Lanka.
After putting local youngsters through their paces with a coaching session yesterday, Jordan admitted he has special memories of his previous visit and is counting down the days until the third Test against India on July 27-31.
He said: ‘This ground holds very fond memories for me.
‘I got a wicket in my first over when I got Michael Clarke out and I ended up with three wickets.
‘It’s a brilliant ground with brilliant facilities and it’s evolving all the time. It’s a great place to play cricket.
‘That third Test will be a very important game in a five-match series and I hope we can get a win because you always get big crowds here.’
While England have had a turbulent recent period, Jordan’s emergence has been one of the positives.
‘There have been a few ups and downs for the team, but for me, the past 12 months have been brilliant. I just hope that can continue,’ said Jordan.
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