Surrey confirm return of Chris Jordan as Phil Salt leaves Sussex for Lancashire

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Surrey have confirmed the return of Chris Jordan, England’s leading T20 wicket-taker, to the club on a three-year deal that will see him captain the side in the Vitality Blast.

Jordan rejoins Surrey from Sussex, who have also announced that Phil Salt, who has opened the batting for England in ODI cricket, is joining Lancashire.

Barbados-born Jordan returns to Surrey after nine seasons at Sussex. He joined Surrey when a sixth-form student at Dulwich College, but struggled to nail his spot in the first team before leaving for Sussex.

There, he quickly established himself and was soon debuting for England in all three formats. Now he only regularly plays T20 cricket for the national team, and tops the wicket-taking charts in that format with 73. Alec Stewart, Surrey’s Director of Cricket, described him as “one of the finest death bowlers in the world”.

He joins as T20 captain with senior bowlers Jade Dernbach and Rikki Clarke already departing and Liam Plunkett expected to follow. It is unclear whether Gareth Batty, who captained the T20 team this year, will play another season, and he is already part of the club’s coaching staff.

"I am extremely pleased to be returning to the place where it all started for me at the age of 17,” said Jordan. “I return having evolved not only as a cricketer but a person and I’m looking forward continuing that evolution.

"I am honoured to be entrusted with leading the T20 team over the next few years and playing a part in helping the Club win trophies. There is an enormous amount of talent in the dressing room and I can't wait to get started.”

Surrey are not expected to make any more additions to their squad, at least until next year’s county schedule is known. Mark Stoneman left last week for Middlesex, but a direct replacement is unlikely right now.

The departures of Jordan and Salt are bad news for Sussex, who attempted to retain both players. There has been interest in other players at the club, such as England’s Ollie Robinson, while the departure of Jordan may lead Jofra Archer to consider his options.

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