Wright keen to prove his worth
Luke Wright is hoping to nail down a place in England’s World Cup team by impressing in the remaining two one-day internationals in Australia.
The 25-year-old all-rounder has been a regular part of England’s limited-overs squad for the past couple of years and is part of the 15-man party that will look to secure glory on the sub-continent.
Wright has featured in just one game of the current series, but is likely to return for the sixth match at Sydney tomorrow following the mounting injury count to England’s bowlers.
Ajmal Shahzad was today ruled out of the remainder of the series after scans showed he had suffered a minor hamstring tear in Sunday’s defeat in Brisbane, while Chris Tremlett has a side strain and will be reassessed in the coming days.
With Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan having flown home early last week due to their own injuries, Wright, who bowled only two overs in his one outing in the series to date, is likely to be given a more significant role with the ball and is keen to grab his opportunity.
“Every time you play you give yourself an opportunity to make a statement and keep your spot,” he said.
“It only takes one game, a big hundred or a five-for to get a spot down.
“I’ve played just the one game but I’ve trained hard and I’m hoping to get the nod for tomorrow.
“All you can do is work hard and when you get your chance take the opportunity.
“You’ve always got a lot to prove in international cricket. It doesn’t take long for everyone to need a performance and you always want one.”
England’s memorable tour of Australia will end with two dead rubbers, with the final game in Perth on Sunday, after Australia took an unassailable 4-1 lead in the series following their 51-run win in Brisbane.
It has meant that England’s proud recent record in 50-over cricket - they had won their previous six series - has been blemished less than a month out from the World Cup.
Wright believes the injury-ravaged team can rebuild some of the damage of a poor series though.
“We’ve played outstandingly well in one-day cricket for two years now,” he said.
“Obviously it’s been disappointing that we haven’t been able to come here and get a good result, but we’ve still got a lot to look forward to.
“The next two games are very important for us going into the next World Cup.
“It’s a massive confidence game and any momentum we can get going into that World Cup is going to be a help.
“If we can go home and it’s 4-3 then we can take quite a lot from that. Australia are such a top opponent, especially here as well.
“You never want injuries but the morale is still very good in the camp, the boys feel like they are getting better and I’m sure that we will be raring to go for the World Cup.”