Chris Jordan is the only player in the Big Bash who can brag about being school mates with pop icon Rihanna.
And while Jordan was not sent an SOS from the Sydney Thunder, he hopes to Take A Bow after his first performance for the western Sydney Big Bash franchise on Sunday.
School days: pop star Rihanna and Sydney Thunder recruit Chris Jordan go back a long way.Credit:AP
Jordan and New Zealand all-rounder Anton Devcich replace English pair Joe Root and Jos Buttler when the Thunder host Adelaide at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.
Barbados-born England international Jordan went to the same school as Rihanna and has since gone on to enjoy his own success.
"I get that question a lot,'' Jordan told The Sun-Herald, when we inquired about the singer with 10 ARIA No.1 hits. "We went to Charles F. Broom primary school and Combermere secondary school. I'll keep that answer short and sweet.
"It was always cricket for me. My dad and aunt got me into it when I was four.
"Growing up in the Caribbean and going to Kensington Oval, I loved watching the West Indies, players like Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose and Brian Lara, those guys I looked up to and set the benchmark for me and the pinnacle I wanted to reach.
"I liked the way they all went about their business.''
Jordan departed for London on a cricket scholarship when he was 15 and less than two years later inked his first professional deal with Sussex.
Because the bulk of his cricketing education, or his 'big cricket', took place in England, Jordan elected to pledge his allegiance to the old enemy ahead of the West Indies.
The day he returned to play a T20 international in Barbados remained one of the great cricketing memories. Jordan played the first of his 35 T20 internationals in Sydney at the start of 2014, and his second appearance was in his home town.
Keen to make a splash: Chris Jordan will make his Sydney Thunder debut on Sunday.Credit:James Alcock
"It was the first time my family came to watch me play an international game, and I scored 27 off nine balls, took a three-for and a couple of catches in a man-of-the-match performance,'' Jordan said.
"There wasn't a dead silence [in the crowd]. I had so many supporters there and they were happy for me and cheering me from ball one.''
Jordan has played eight Tests and 31 one-day internationals for England and, while still a member of the T20 squad, can get some much-needed practice on Australian soil ahead of next year's T20 World Cup.
Adelaide fans will remember Jordan when he played for them, and the 30-year-old has a huge respect for Rashid Khan, the Afghan tweaker he played with at Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and English county Sussex.
"I know what he's like as a cricketer and a person, he's a great, great guy who is looking for laughs and as a cricketer his ability speaks for itself,'' Jordan said.
"It should be a good battle on Sunday and I'm looking forward to it.
"[Thunder fans] should expect 100 per cent from me with bat and ball and in the field, someone who tries to give their best and plays with passion. Hopefully I can provide some entertainment.''
The right-arm quick relishes bowling at the death and did just that playing for Northern Districts – alongside Devcich – at the start of the week.
The Thunder have enjoyed some wonderful service from Caribbean-born players, including Andre Russell and the ever-smiling Carlos Brathwaite.
Even at the halfway point of the BBL, the Thunder need a win against second-placed Adelaide if they are to keep in touch with the top four. Rain ruined their mammoth chase against Brisbane at the same venue on Tuesday, but not before skipper Shane Watson launched a whopping six out of the ground.
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