Wright eyes England recall
Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright has set his sights firmly on a return to the England fold ahead of the new season.
The 24-year-old has played 16 one-day internationals and eight Twenty20s for his country, but was left out of the squad to tour West Indies after a recall for Hampshire skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas.
Wright has scored two half-centuries for his country but has only managed four wickets, and spent the winter touring with England Lions while Mascarenhas turned in some impressive displays with bat and ball to help England clinch a one-day series victory in the Caribbean.
And there is further incentive for Wright to get back in the squad, with the World Twenty20 being held in England in June.
“Obviously I want to get back into the England team, into the set-up and perform well for England. The only way I can do that is by playing well and winning games for Sussex,” he said.
“I don’t know if I’m confident but I’m hopeful of getting in the squad. I’ve just got to play as well as I can up until that squad announcement and hope I’m in it.
“It will be a massive tournament - to get the World Cup over here will be huge and a great spectacle to be involved in.”
Wright is one of 30 names in a provisional squad but, with no place for captain Andrew Strauss, the all-rounder insists he is not worried about who leads the side.
“It’s hard to say really - there are different names being bandied about,” he added. "I’m sure whoever does it will do a great job.”
Wright has recent experience of playing under Kent skipper Robert Key, having toured with his Lions squad all winter.
“Personally it went really well, I was really pleased,” he continued. “It went well; I got a decent amount of runs and probably didn’t get the wickets I deserved. But it came out well and I was creating a lot of chances, so I was pleased.”
And Wright is keen to be seen as more than simply a one-day specialist.
“Anyone who plays cricket wants to play Test cricket – it’s the ultimate challenge and it’s something that I’d love to start pushing myself for,” he said.
“If I can do well for Sussex then hopefully it’s something I can get talked about doing.
“I’ve always wanted to play as an all-rounder. Not just one or the other, if I could come in as the all-rounder that would be amazing.”