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Wright targets ODI spot

Luke Wright is determined to force his way back into England’s one-day international XI during the tour of the West Indies.

Wright has not been a fixture in 50-over cricket for quite some time but could force his way into the thinking against the Windies.

England will play three ODIs and as many Twenty20s in the Caribbean, with the trip also representing an opportunity to prepare for next month’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

He told ecb.co.uk: “It is nice to be in the West Indies. It’s a bit of a change and we are just trying to work hard and get back to winning ways.

“There are places up for grabs and this trip is a great opportunity for a lot of us here to hopefully stake a claim.

“We weren’t good enough in Australia, in all of the forms, and I know from the Twenty20s that I didn’t do well enough. It is time to step up now.

“I certainly want to get into the one-day side. In the summer, I didn’t play much and I wasn’t in it in Australia.

“If I get a chance to play here, I want to stake my claim. There is obviously a World Cup coming up next year and I want to be in it.

“It is going to be tough to break in but you’re only going to do that by doing well here in front of Gilo and pushing yourself. Hopefully I can do that and just enjoy it.”

Wright is certainly confident in England’s ability to bounce back from a chastening trip to Australia.

He added: “In Australia, you looked around the room and thought, ‘There is so much power here’.  

“They had all come from the Big Bash, where the England players had been the outstanding ones in the competition.

“You know there are people there who can do it and we have done it before. We just didn’t do it there (in Australia) and that’s disappointing.”

Wright was made aware of how disappointing it was after being grilled by The Barmy Army upon arriving in the country.

The Sussex man’s car had not turned up to collect him from the airport, leaving him relieved when supporters offered a helping hand.

He joked: “It was nice, actually; a flight from Manchester had just pulled in just behind Miami and my car hadn’t turned up.

“It was nice of the Barmy Army to drop me off and give me a good grilling on the way here. It was a long 40-minute drive!”

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