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Chris: We must stay grounded

Calcutta: Chris Jordan believes England can go from “strength to strength” after finally returning to winning ways in Tests.

Alastair Cook and Co. ended a run of 10 matches without a victory in the longest format, at the Ageas Bowl last week, thrashing India by 266 runs. For Jordan, it was his first taste of success in Test cricket and it is one he will never forget.

At the same time, Jordan reminds that England must stay grounded should they try and emerge winners in the ongoing Test series.

Nevertheless, he agreed it was the perfect response from England after the loss at Lord’s. “I think it was coming,” Jordan said, speaking to an England-based website, of the emphatic result in Southampton, one that sets up the series superbly with two Tests left to play and the score tied at 1-1.

“It is one moment I will never, ever forget. It’s a taste that I want for a very long time, and it makes you hungry for more. It was a great win, one we really needed to get back into the series. Hopefully, we can go from strength to strength now.

“Even before the defeat at Lord’s, even in the Sri Lanka series, we were very close as a side. All we needed to do was win a couple of key moments in some of those other games… We would then have had three or four victories already.

“But everything just clicked in that last Test. We won every single session and it was a fairly emphatic win in the end. Honours are even now and we will just be looking to build on that last game.

“It’s about backing that performance up again with another good one. We mustn’t get too carried away with the style of victory we had, we must stay grounded and do the basics well.”