England’s explosive all-rounder Luke Wright has admitted he needs to prove his worth in the upcoming six One Day Internationals, starting against Ireland in Dublin tomorrow.
The Sussex man has not featured in the International 50-over format since England crashed out of the 2011 World Cup thanks to Sri Lanka but his strong performances for his county and England Lions helped him to a recall.
The 28-year-old has been a consistent figure in the international T20 side and has earned 46 caps with only Stuart Broad appearing more for England in that form of the game.
His form has been rewarded by being presented with an England incremental contract which he has earned through the points system. Wright has played in ten T20 internationals since October which means he along with Alex Hales have been awarded the contract for 2012/13.
With a number of the Ashes winning squad rested for the return series this winter Wright has been a beneficiary of the situation with the likes of Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Stuart Broad unavailable against Ireland and Australia.
The hard hitting batsman has been in superb form with the bat and is averaging over 57 in the County Championship Division 1 while he has hit three centuries in the 40-over format with an average of just under 63 per innings.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Luke Wright admitted he needs to take advantage of the upcoming games while a number of players are rested.
“I am sure those guys will come back in at some stage but it’s about taking your opportunities when you get them. Ultimately, the aim is to be in that next squad when it comes to going to Australia this winter and then each one going on to the World Cup in 2015.
“The thing with England sides is that if you get injured or lose your place they are not
easy to get back into because the team’s generally doing pretty well. Whenever you are in front of the selectors it’s a huge series and for those of us involved we see it as a massive opportunity.”
Wright is expected to make his long awaited return against Ireland tomorrow but in terms of his batting position he is open minded.
“I honestly don’t mind. I have been up and down the order and it gives me a chance to sneak into the side if they need someone at six, seven or to open. Against Bangladesh A recently I came in at five and scored some runs so that gave me confidence and I am pretty relaxed.
“The pitches have been slightly better this year with the weather. But my game plan has been to give myself a bit more of a chance to get in than previous years when with that white ball mentality I would try to get on with it a bit too early.”