Luke Wright determined to tie down a spot in England team after the axing of Kevin Pietersen

Wright confirms his desire to become a mainstay in the one-day side 'at least' with eyes on next year's World Cup

Luke Wright has a pressing motivation to put himself in pole position for England's new era.

In the aftermath of this winter's Ashes misery, Wright is one of several who have an obvious chance to demonstrate they can prosper in Kevin Pietersen's absence.

He fluffed in his lines in three Twenty20s in Australia, as England completed a miserable set of series defeats down under in all formats.

But since then, a new management regime has dispensed permanently with record runscorer Pietersen.

The onus is therefore on others to press their claims, starting in three one-day internationals in Antigua and then three Twenty20s in Barbados against West Indies before Stuart Broad's team travel on to the short-format 'World Cup' in Bangladesh.

As batting all-rounder Wright approaches his 29th birthday, he is anxious to extend his limited-overs repertoire again in time for next winter's World Cup - and knows he has a prime opportunity to impress coach Ashley Giles here.

Only two of Wright's 48 ODI caps have come in almost three years since the 2011 World Cup in India.

But he said: "I certainly want to get into the one-day side.

"I'm desperate to push for that, with a World Cup coming up next year for the 50-over format - and I want to be in that.

"I've just got to score big runs, get the nod first... then that's all I can do.

"It doesn't mean you're guaranteed to get a place.

"It's going to be tough to break in, but you're only going to do that from performing well here in front of 'Gilo'. I hope I can do that."

Wright had mixed feelings at being part of the wipe-out for England players in this month's Indian Premier League auction.

"I was obviously disappointed," he said.

"(But) it's sort of a 'win-win' really. I knew if I didn't get picked up, I'd go back to Sussex - and I love it there as well. So I couldn't really miss out.

"You naturally want to be involved in big tournaments. But there are a lot of big players going into that auction, and there were better players than me who missed out as well."

The overlap between IPL and the start of the English season is a snag the Indian franchises appear increasingly unwilling to overlook.

"I think it makes it hard," Wright added.

"Obviously, we have to pay big compensation to our clubs so naturally we have to go in at higher base prices - which I know puts quite a lot of people off.

"So you are up against it.

"There are guys who are playing a lot of Twenty20 cricket for Australia going in at 50,000 US dollars - and obviously you can't compete with that.

"It's always going to be difficult, and I knew going into the auction there was every chance I wouldn't get picked up."


Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
David Hasselhoff's new show 'Hoff the Record': What's it like working with a superstar?

Hanging with the Hoff

Working with David Hasselhoff on his new TV series was an education for Ella Smith
Can Dubai's Design District 'hipster village' attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?

Hipsters of Arabia

Can Dubai’s ‘creative village’ attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?
The cult of Roger Federer: What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?

The cult of Roger Federer

What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?
Kuala Lumpur's street food: Not a 'scene', more a way of life

Malaysian munchies

With new flights, the amazing street food of Kuala Lumpur just got more accessible
10 best festival beauty

Mud guards: 10 best festival beauty

Whether you're off to the Isle of Wight, Glastonbury or a local music event, we've found the products to help you
Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf