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Luke Wright disappointed with World T20 exclusion

Luke Wright disappointed with World T20 exclusion
Luke Wright has scored 169 runs from the six games in the Pakistan Super League.
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England explosive batsman Luke Wright expressed his disappointment at missing out on the selection for the upcoming 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament which will be played in India.

Wright, who currently is playing for the Quetta Gladiators in the 2016 Pakistan Super League (PSL) has scored 169 runs in the tournament from six games at an average of 33.80.

In the 2015-16 season of the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, Wright was the second highest run scorer for the Melbourne Stars with 280 runs from 10 matches including an unbeaten century.

Despite his good form in the shortest form of the game, Wright did not find a place in England’s World T20 squad with his last international appearance coming in March 2014 against West Indies.

A disappointed Wright admitted that it was tough to get into the current England limited overs squad which according to him has an excellent group of players.

“I think disappointment is the right word here as one always wants to play in major tournaments like the World T20 for your country,” Wright said in an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net

“Having said that, I have to admit that the team is playing some amazing cricket at the moment and have some wonderful young players in the mix.

“All in all, it is a tough squad to get into but I will say in my defence that in the last few years, I have played very well in different conditions and sometimes you do as much as you can which is what I have done but if you don’t get picked, then there is no point feeling bitter about it.

“You just keep going and do what I am doing which is to enjoy my cricket.” 

In the Super 10 stage of the 2016 World T20, England are placed alongside South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and the winner of the qualifiers from Group B.

Wright believes that England will face stiff competition from the sub-continent sides in the mega-event but is confident that the squad has the potential to put up a good performance in the tournament.

“England will be up against some very tough opposition in this tournament.

“You always tend to favour the sub-continental sides in tournaments held in that part of the world as they understand the conditions well, and also play spin bowling very well.

“Having said that, England has a pretty good squad with some good results to show in the recent past.

“They have a lot of hitting and bowling power and it will come down to whether they can perform well in that tournament or not.

“So, it will be tough but then when you look at some of the players in the England line-up, you will see that they have some excellent match-winners.” 

England currently are slated to take part in a two-match T20I series against South Africa after which they will play two warm-up matches in Mumbai prior to the start of the World T20. 

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