A muscular batsman and canny medium-pacer, Wright thrives in limited-overs cricket.
The all-rounder began his career at Leicestershire but, having made his debut in 2003 after working his way through the age groups, joined Sussex the following year.
Wright quickly attracted attention with his performances for England Under-19s; he took a hat-trick in a one-day match against South Africa in 2003.
He progressed steadily through the international ranks thereafter and injuries during England’s tour of India paved the way for a call-up to the A squad which was touring the West Indies in 2007.
That summer, Wright shone like never before for Sussex. His 303 runs and 11 wickets helped the county to a second successive LV= County Championship title, but it was the all-rounder’s performances in the game’s shortest form that caught the eye.
He was the most prolific batsman in that year’s Twenty20 Cup and, subsequently, earned full England honours for the final two games of the NatWest Series against India, hitting a half-century on his debut.
Wright became a regular fixture for England in limited-overs squads thereafter, and further underlined his potential by bowling a brilliant final over - his only one of the match - as England secured a nerve-jangling tie in an ODI against New Zealand in 2008.
Yet, despite some early success, Wright has never been able to really nail down a place in England’s line-up, having been tried at the top of the order as well as lower down.
He did play every game of England’s victorious World Twenty20 campaign in 2010, but slipped down the pecking order the following year.
Wright, though, put his name back on the lips of many late in 2011, striking a 44-ball century - the fastest in Australian domestic cricket - while playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.
That helped him earn an Indian Premier League contract with Pune Warriors and a spot in the England team for their World T20 defence. Despite Wright hitting an unbeaten 99 against Afghanistan and 76 in a Super Eight victory over New Zealand, the reigning champions relinquished their hold on the trophy.
In 2013 he hit a T20 fifty versus New Zealand at The Oval and had his first taste of senior captaincy, leading England Lions to a series victory over Bangladesh A.