English T20 specialist Luke Wright has shown his true class on and off the pitch in recent weeks as he joins up with the England team, having helped the Melbourne Stars to a semi-final spot after top scoring for his adopted club.
The all-rounder has scored 275 runs in eight innings while having the best strike rate out of the top 12 run makers in the entire Big Bash competition, making him one of the most sought after T20 players in the world.
It is not just his exploits with the bat that has earned him rave reviews though as he has just flew past 100,000 fans on his official Facebook page and is en-route to passing over 200,000 followers on his social media channels if you include his 92k fans on Twitter.
Wright has seen his positive displays result in a greater profile for the Sussex CCC man and he finished the third regular season of the Big Bash as the third top scorer, with only Ben Dunk and Simon Katich above him in the standings.
However, all attention for the 28-year-old has now diverted to his national side, before returning to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the semi-final against Dunk’s Hobart Hurricanes on Tuesday 4th February.
England will need Wright’s enthusiasm at the top of theorder if they are to leave Australia with a series win after failing to win both the Test and ODI series. Three T20 fixtures start in Hobart on Wednesday before the second game at the MCG on Friday then the final match at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
He started his build up to a big few months for his country back in October when he featured for Abahani in the Dhaka Premier League 50 over competition where he even won a hand held kitchen blender for a man of the match performance. After impressing there he then featured in a handful of games for the Auckland Aces in November before joining up with the Stars at the start of December.
The three game series starting this week will be seen as a great test to see where Ashley Giles and his squad are positioned in a bid to win back the World Cup trophy, with the competition starting in March.
Before then, Wright is likely to be captained by T20 skipper Stuart Broad in a short tour of the West Indies as they play three ODIs and three T20s as a warm up to the worldwide competition in Bangladesh.
Wright is seen as a crucial cog to the batting line-up and he is also handy with the ball, having taken 16 wickets out of the 21 innings he has actually bowled in from 46 international T20 caps.
With his cricketing ability in no doubt he is also showing his skill by connecting to his fans, especially on Facebook. This morning, after helping the Stars to their eighth straight victory of the season, he posted a picture of him celebrating with a teammate with the following caption:
“Great effort by our young Melbourne Stars today… Time for me to join the Official England Cricket lads, can't wait.”
That was then followed by the realisation he has reached 100,000 supporters on the social network. He has capitalised on his on field performances because it was only on Bonfire Night, 5th November 2013 that he reached his half-century of likes.
To celebrate the milestone, the imaginative Wright posted a picture of his son, Joshua on his page holding a sign saying, “100k likes….. Thank you for supporting my DADDY!” Which was shared by the official England Cricket Facebook page, with the caption reading:
“My little lad Joshua would like to say thanks for supporting me! Just realised I have gone past 100,000 fans on Facebook! #ThankYou”