England and Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright remains cool with regards to winning a place on the plane down under for next year’s Cricket World Cup, and is just enjoying his game right now.
The 29-year-old has now represented his country more than 100 times in limited-overs cricket, but isn’t looking to concern himself too much with qualms about making the squad for the tournament.
But if Wright can maintain the form that he has found himself in this summer, then there is no reason why he won’t be in contention for a place in Alastair Cook’s starting line-up come February.
With England coming under scrutiny for a lack of runs in their recent ODI series against India, Wright could be a great asset to the side with his big hitting. In addition to his quick run-scoring capabilities, the Sussex seamer is also very adept with the ball in hand.
A 66-ball unbeaten 153 in a T20 Blast fixture at Chelmsford at the end of July exhibited just how devastating he can be at the crease. Opening the batting, Wright smashed the Essex bowlers all around the park, hitting 12 fours and 11 sixes.
With his arsenal capable of inflicting that kind of damage on a fielding side, the blonde-haired bowler will definitely be a candidate for the World Cup.
However, the Sussex star remains laid-back about the prospect of representing England at yet another international tournament.
Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, Wright explained his views, stating: “There are spots up for grabs and there are obviously plenty of players who are gunning for those positions.
"I’d like to think that most players in the country are trying to get scores to get into that World Cup squad and you do have an eye on that.
“I feel I’ve got to the stage in my career where I’m not focusing too much on England, I’m just enjoying my cricket for Sussex and if I do well I might sneak into the squad.
“I’ve been in and out of the England squad for so long you just find its quite stressful doing it like that so it’s almost been nice to be out of it and actually relax and play to see where that takes you naturally without looking too far ahead.”
As Wright mentions, he has been intermittently involved in the England set-up since making his international debut in September 2007. Nevertheless, his steady accumulation of caps has put him in the shop window for T20 teams from other countries.
In the past he has represented both Melbourne Stars and Pune Warriors in the Australian Big Bash and Indian Premier League respectively. And when quizzed about his desire to continue his participation in the big-money leagues, Wright remains placid.
The 29-year-old said: “Similar to what I’ve said about England, I’m trying not to think about it, if something comes about in terms of a good offer it is something I’d think about but going into the auction last year I finished second in the Big Bash in terms of runs scored and I came off the back of a good season here so I felt in a good place to get picked up.
“As I found out it doesn’t always happen depending on where you come out in the luck of the draw so if it comes about then great but it’s not something I’m losing sleep over.”
As he approaches his 30th birthday, Wright’s recent form suggests that he is far from letting up with both bat and ball – and that can only be a good thing for England.
Since the retirement of Andrew Flintoff, the ECB have strived to unearth a match-winning all-rounder at Test level. While Wright is still awaiting his maiden cap, he has time and again proven himself as an important asset in limited-overs cricket.
After being overlooked for the 50-over encounters with India this summer, it will be interesting to see if Peter Moores recalls Wright for the winter tours of Sri Lanka and Australia that precede the World Cup.
Given the opportunity, the all-rounder can remind the selectors why they have selected him more than 100 times.