Sussex and England star Luke Wright is hoping to be in the mix for the international 50-over series against Australia after his preparations took a bizarre twist recently which resulted in the all-rounder receiving a blender for a Man of the Match performance in Bangladesh.
The limited overs specialist was signed by Bangladeshi outfit Abahani to play in the Dhaka 50 over league where he played in two games. Wright featured in both international T20s against Australia at the end of the English season and appeared against Ireland and Australia in the ODI arena.
That led to a number of worldwide teams interested in his services with the 28-year-old set to play for Auckland Aces and Melbourne Stars in their t20 leagues this winter too.
His short but enjoyable time in Bangladesh was an eventful one which included being awarded a blender for putting in a Man of the Match performance against rivals Victoria Sporting Club. Wright took 3-33 with the ball before hitting a quick fire 66 to help Abahani to victory which led to the shock gift which you can see on his official Facebook page.
“I have no idea where it came from and it was the last thing I expected and I ended up giving it to our manager who was looking after things, he set his eyes on the blender because I wasn’t going to bring it home,” Wright exclusively told GiveMeSport.
“I heard if you got the player of the tournament you won a fridge so they are big into the kitchen appliances!
“My wife found it funny, she wasn’t upset I didn’t bring it home and luckily we have a blender here so I was able to give it to a good cause.”
The hard hitting batsman was forced to fly home after just two games with a groin strain and he explained part of the reason to gain experience in Bangladesh was ahead of the international T20 World Cup which gets under way in March next year.
“It was their 50-over competition and it was a good experience to get a feel for what their domestic cricket is like. It is so different as to how its run compared to English domestic cricket, obviously it doesn’t have the same structure to it.
“It was nice to get a little bit more used to the conditions ahead of the World Cup as well. Every chance you get to bat out there it gave me more chance to adapt to the conditions. Every team had about seven left arm spinners in it and each team had maximum two seamers and they don’t tend to bowl all their overs so it was a big challenge.”
Wright is a big name in T20 cricket having lifted the World Cup with England in 2010 and also featuring in the Australian Big Bash league and flagship Indian Premier League.
“I’m off to New Zealand on Friday and will be playing three games for Auckland and then that leads perfectly towards the Big Bash where I join up with the Melbourne Stars on the 10th December. I’m with them up until the start of February and hopefully in between that I’ll join up with England for the T20s and ODIs.
“It is just a wait and see for that, I’m most likely to be just with the 20/20s but if England rest players for the ODIs then hopefully I could be involved in that.”