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“I’m desperate to push for that with a World Cup coming up next year”
England batsman Luke Wright has announced that he is determined to “get into the one-day side”, especially with the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup less than a year away.
Wright is looking to achieve that by impressing the national selectors during England’s upcoming limited overs tour of the West Indies.
“There’s places up for grabs,” Wright said. “Obviously this trip is an opportunity for a lot of us to stake a claim. We weren’t good enough in Australia in all the different forms. When I came in for the Twenty20 format, I didn’t do well enough. So I need to step up.
“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 – 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’ (Ashley Giles). I hope I can do that.”
Meanwhile, Wright also admitted that he was “disappointed” at not being bought during the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) 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.”
However, Wright admitted that IPL franchises are less inclined to buy English players since the tournament and the county season clash with each other.
“I think it makes it hard,” he said. “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.”
Wright also conceded that he was shocked when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to terminate Kevin Pietersen’s central contract.
“We know how good KP has been over a long period for England,” he said. “But it’s time for us to move on and stake our own claim.”