Speaking exclusively to Give Me Sport, Sussex and England's Luke Wright has spoken about his form this season and his joy at playing more cricket for his county side Sussex.
Despite not playing a part in England's topsy-turvy cricketing summer, Wright has
enjoyed his time concentrating on county cricket, which in turn has benefited both his county and his own individual form.
Of those who have played more than than 10 County Championship matches this season, Wright is third in the Division One batting averages with 887 runs, including three centuries and three half-centuries, at an average just under 60. He also has a top score of 189.
Not just a one-day player
During the past two seasons his four-day game has come on leaps and bounds, dispelling the theory that he is just simply a one-day player. However, his one-day form has still been very good.
He hit a magnificent 153 not out from just 66 balls for Sussex against Essex in the T20 Blast earlier this season, which was the fourth highest T20 score ever. He is still classed as a one-day specialist and his demand across the world in the shorter format of the game is testament to his talents. Yet I get the impression that he still strives for success in the longer form of the game.
When asked whether he has been in the form of his life this season the Sussex all-rounder pointed to the fact that he is playing more consistent cricket which helps.
"I’ve been asked that quite a lot recently and over the last two years I’ve scored a lot of four-day runs and one-day runs and it’s been good because I’ve played a lot more cricket. I’m a little bit older and better but playing consistently is important, playing county cricket you get to bat a hell of a lot and I’ve not had the issue of being in and out of one-day cricket which is a stop start to the season."
County cricket is a great place to regain your form but Wright is all too aware that it can also work in reverse.
"I’ve just been able to play and when you’re in form that’s where county cricket is so good because you get to keep batting but on the other side when you’re in bad form it can be horrible because it just feels like you are getting out every day."
The England ambition
29-year-old Wright clearly has aspirations to once again play for England but he
will need to continue to flourish at Sussex for that to happen again. Time at the crease and less pressure on him will no doubt help him in that quest.
"I’m in a good place at the minute, I’m happy and I feel like I’m striking the ball nicely" he added.
It's great to see Wright content with his cricket at present and I am sure that, given the opportunity, he can succeed in an England shirt once again. What Wright, and most cricketers need, is faith placed in them and a consistent run in the side.
Players like Wright clearly have the ability but for the benefit of English cricket they need nurturing to gain their full potential.