Williams takes positives from Pakistan defeat
Tuesday 8th November 2016 @ 11:14 by Mark Phillip

Despite suffering a gut-wrenching defeat to Pakistan in the final, Jordan Williams believes the England Physical Disability Squad can take many positives from their recent trip to Dubai.

The 23-year-old, who plays for Denton St Lawrence Cricket Club, was selected to represent the Three Lions in a five game series at the ICC Academy Invitational T20 tournament in October.

The England PD squad

The England PD squad

Prior to reaching the final, Jordan competed in four matches against Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Of these four encounters, England beat Bangladesh twice, but could only manage the one victory against Pakistan.

Captained by Iain Nairn, England were faced with a difficult task against Pakistan in the final – a game they subsequently lost by three wickets with just four balls to spare.

Although disappointed at the result, Jordan enjoyed his second trip to the United Arab Emirates. Speaking to Reporter Sport, he said: “Apart from the disappointment of losing the final, the tour was really good, and I feel we took a lot of positives from the trip.

“In terms of Pakistan and Bangladesh, both sides have considerably improved over the last 12 months after adding a few new players to their squads.”

Despite battling sweltering temperatures during the opening game of the tour, England put in a great performance to secure back-to-back victories. Jordan said: “We were really happy with the performances throughout the first day; especially given the temperature was 38 degrees.

“We then turned up the next day and Beat Bangladesh to make it three consecutive victories.

“The win was great because it confirmed our place in the final.”

Due to a hectic schedule, which included five games in nine days, the England squad rarely had a chance to do any sightseeing.

However, they did manage to visit one of the world’s largest shopping centres. Jordan said: “Because of the busy schedule, we only really had time off after the final, so a few of us headed out for some drinks.

“We also had a squad lunch at the Dubai Mall the day before the final.”

Although the English cricket season is very much over, Jordan and his teammates will reconvene in December for the winter programme. He concluded: “We’ll meet back up on December 10 to start our new winter programme at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

“We’ll look to rebuild in the hope of winning the trophy in 2017.”

Although future tours are yet to be announced, Jordan is confident that the England squad will be heading somewhere to showcase their talents.