Tuesday 14 August 2007 

Luke Wright Enjoys A Week To Remember

Last week really was Luke Wright's week. He celebrated his England call-up to the Twenty20 World Cup squad with a magnificent hundred against Gloucestershire Gladiators at Hove, was nominated as Metro newspaper's Player of the Month, and having won Sky Sports' Sixes League for the month of July, he is now back in pole position with 23 maximums. His week was topped off when awarded his county cap by Sussex.

Speaking exclusively to Sussex CCC he said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa. This has been the best week I've ever had and I am very excited about getting the chance to represent England."

Luke has had his fans during his magnificent domestic Twenty20 Cup season with Sussex Sharks, and one of them, David Graveney, England's Chairman of Selectors, said: "He's an exciting talent. He brings energy to the stage and this is an energy game." Luke is thrilled that he is viewed in this way: "This is how I would describe myself and the way I play, but it is great when people like David Graveney say that about me, it's a real compliment."

Luke's selection is just rewards for his recent form in domestic cricket, particularly the Twenty20 Cup and the NatWest Pro40 competition, which has just started. He hit a dominating 73-ball 125 against Gloucestershire Gladiators at Hove last week, and smashed a 44-ball hundred against Kent Spitfires in Twenty20 Cup. He is delighted with his current form: "It is going well at the moment, I'm feeling confident each time I go out to bat, and I just want that to continue. I am enjoying all forms of my cricket, but playing one-day cricket gives me the chance to push for a starting place in the Twenty20 World Championship." Luke has been pushed up the order in the shortened form of the game this season, and he seems to like it: "It has been great this year getting the chance up the order, I prefer it there as it gives me the chance to build from a starting point rather than just tee off at the end of the innings."

Luke's dream week was topped off by being awarded his County Cap during the lunch break of the LV County Championship match against Warwickshire. He said he wasn't sure when it was going to happen: "I thought I must be getting close but didn't know how they'd judge my Twenty20 and one-day performances along with Championship. It was great to have my family down to watch me, and I felt really proud. It is a real honour to be awarded my cap, and also it's a nice pat on the back, saying I am viewed as an established player."

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