Wright keen to show his subtle side
Thursday 05 November 2009
Luke Wright believes his display for England against Australia in last month's Champions Trophy showed he is a multi-dimensional batsman who has more to offer than just "crash, bang, wallop".
The Sussex all-rounder is hoping to showcase more of this adaptability on England's tour of South Africa. He trained with the rest of the team during a rain-interrupted session at the University of the Free State yesterday as they prepared for tomorrow's opening tour match against the Diamond Eagles in Bloemfontein. The match will be a 50-over encounter and Wright is keen to build on his last showing for his country, the Champions Trophy semi-final loss to Australia.
After winning the toss and electing to bat in that game, England had slumped to 101 for 6 before Wright (48) and Tim Bresnan (80) shared a 107-run partnership to help their side reach a competitive 257. "I think the nice thing about [that partnership], on a personal note, was that it showed a different side of my game," he said.
"It was not all crash, bang, wallop that I've been renowned for. Obviously a lot of the time I get pushed up the order to go into powerplays, which I'm happy to do, but that was a chance to actually bat and show people another side."
The 24-year-old, who is in all three squads for the tour (Test, one-day and Twenty20), is now keen for England to kick on after that tournament, starting with the limited-overs leg of the tour. He added: "As a team there were a lot of things we could take away as positives, but there is still a lot of work for us to do. We've showed that if we play to our best, we've got a great chance."
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