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Perth Scorchers sign Chris Jordan to complete Big Bash roster

Chris Jordan pictured at Hove Getty Images

Perth Scorchers have signed Chris Jordan, the England seamer, to complete their squad for this season's Big Bash.

Jordan, who was England's standout bowler in their T20I series in New Zealand, has previously had stints at Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder, and joins compatriot Liam Livingstone in the squad. Both players will be available for the full season.

"Playing in Perth can be quite hostile [as an opposition player]," Jordan said. "Obviously it's a sea of orange and everyone is rooting for the Scorchers.

"I know from experience when the opposition hit a boundary in the stadium there's no noise, but when the Scorchers are up and about and doing well everyone's backing them to the hills… I'm looking forward to having some of that on my side.

"When the opportunity for Perth came up it was as pretty hard one to turn down, I know from playing against them how competitive they are, how successful they are so I'm really looking forward to joining such a great franchise."

Adam Voges said that Jordan provided an "all-round package" thanks to his brilliance in the field and lower-order hitting.

"We're really excited to have Chris on board," he said. "He's got great experience in T20 cricket and will do a terrific job with ball, particularly his skills at the death.

"He also provides the all-round package with athleticism in the field and strong batting skills which will be great for the fans. Chris is very professional and will fit in well in the Scorchers set-up. I haven't heard a bad word about him.

"We have a dynamic squad that covers all bases really well, some fresh faces and fan favourites returning… it's a squad that will be entertaining to watch."

The Scorchers will start the season without two of their fast bowlers, with Jason Behrendorff out for the season and Andrew Tye expected to miss most of the tournament with an elbow injury.