Monday 6 August 2007 

Three Sussex Players Named In England Twenty20 Squad

Matt Prior, James Kirtley and Luke Wright have all been named in the squad for next month's inaugural ICC World Championship Twenty20 event in South Africa.

James Kirtley was thrilled with the news, "I am very excited at the prospect of being involved in the international Twenty20 side. It has been a fantastic year for Sussex in Twenty20 and I am convinced it has been this strong team performance that has enabled Luke and I to be noticed by the England selectors. With both Matt, Luke and I selected for South Africa I think Sussex is now getting the proper recognition for their success."

Luke Wright, who is the only uncapped player named in the squad and was the top scorer in domestic Twenty20 cricket this year, said: "I have just not stopped grinning, it was the best phone call I've ever had. Telling my family, especially my Dad, was a very special moment. Sussex's new success in Twenty20 this year has been inspiring for me. This, and the support of the rest of the team and the club, has definitely contributed to my selection and for that I'm grateful to everyone."

The Sussex trio will be in the squad which faces Zimbabwe in the opening game on September 13 in Cape Town.

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