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Luke James Wright born 7 March 1985 is an English cricketer He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium bowler Born in Bottesford near Grantham, Wright joined Sussex in 2004, having started his career at Leicestershire He was named in England's squad for the Under-19 World Cup in 2004, and joined the International Twenty20 squad for the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship in September 2007 He made his One Day International debut on 5 September 2007 against India
- 1 County career
- 2 England career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Wright hit a century on debut for Sussex, and has won the Denis Compton medal on three separate occasions during his domestic career On 26 June 2007 he smashed his maiden domestic Twenty20 Cup century, scoring 103 from only 45 balls, including 11 fours and six sixes before being bowled by Yasir Arafat in Sussex's 7 wicket win over Kent at Canterbury Although Sussex were defeated in the semi-finals, Wright ended up as the highest run scorer of the competition Wright has also found success in the longer one day formats, hitting 125 against Gloucestershire from 73 deliveries
In April 2008, Wright played for the Marylebone Cricket Club MCC at the opening match of the 2008 county season Making 15 in the first innings while Sussex were bowled out for 171, he hit a quickfire 155 from 185 deliveries, with 21 fours and three sixes, during a rain-interrupted second innings, his highest score thus far In May 2008 he was selected for the England Lions team to face the touring New Zealand side at the beginning of the latter's tour of England With the Lions struggling, Wright hit 120 off 131 deliveries to bring them to 280 all out, giving rise to speculation about his place in the national team
Wright represented England at Under-17 level In 2003 he travelled to Australia with the Under-19 team and took a hat-trick against South Africa, finishing with match figures of 5/46 In February 2006 he toured the West Indies to bolster the England A team
In July 2007, he was selected in the preliminary 30-man England Squad for the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship in September, having been the top domestic Twenty20 scorer with 346 runs that season, and on 6 August he was named in the final 15-man squad On 3 September it was announced that he would also join the England ODI squad as a replacement for the injured Ravi Bopara and Andrew Flintoff for the final two matches against India
On 5 September 2007 Wright made his One Day International debut against India at The Oval, London; hitting a half century in a 106 run 6th wicket stand with Middlesex batsmen Owais Shah Wright was run out on 50, by a matter of inches after facing just 39 balls, and received a standing ovation In his second match at Lords he was out for a second ball duck He also took a good low catch to remove Gautam Gambhir
Wright was selected for the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, and played his first match on 13 September against Zimbabwe, where he was out caught behind on this first ball He then suffered a number of ducks and single figure scores during the tournament, batting at both number 3 and down in the lower order
Wright was selected for the 2008 Tour to New Zealand, and after impressing with both bat and ball in the two practice matches, he was selected to play in three of the five matches In the ODI series, which England went on to lose, Wright hit 71 runs at 355 and sent down five overs at the cost of 28 runs These overs included the final over of a tied-ODI, where New Zealand needed seven to win and only managed six from Wright's bowling
After this, he continued to be a regular member of England's Twenty20 and ODI squads, playing in home series against New Zealand and South Africa in 2008, although he was never assured of a place in the starting XI and his place in the batting order was uncertain In the autumn of 2009, he played against Australia, in a 6-1 loss, and in a surprisingly successful run at the ICC Champions Trophy, which was held in South Africa, where England beat the hosts and Sri Lanka before being thrashed by 9 wickets against Australia in the semi-finals in which Wright scored 49, putting on a century partnership with Tim BresnanIn that match he along with Tim Bresnan set the highest 7th wicket partnership in ICC Champions Trophy history 107 By this point, Wright had established himself in the lower order where his role was to hit quick runs late in the game
Following the Champions Trophy, in October 2009 Wright was called up to England's Test squad for the first time for the winter tour of South Africa His inclusion was to fill the all-rounder's spot vacated by Andrew Flintoff's retirement after the 2009 Ashes Geoff Miller, England's chairman of selectors, said "The retirement of Andrew Flintoff has created a vacancy for an all-rounder in the squad and while we do not see Luke Wright as a like for like replacement for Andrew, we are excited by the way in which his all-round game continues to develop and believe he can make an impact at Test level" Wright was expected to play in the first Test, however England chose to go with 6 batsmen and chose Ian Bell in a match that ended as a draw
Wright was very much a regular of the England one day side, however, and was a member of the England Twenty20 squads for both the 2009 and 2010 tournaments where he was a member of the winning England team
Wright attended Ratcliffe College in Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Leicestershire and made his first-class debut for Leicestershire at age 18
Wright met his wife Rebecca whilst on tour in New Zealand in 2009 They got engaged whilst he was on a South African tour on Christmas Eve 2010 and married on 30 September 2011
At 3:30pm on 27 November 2011, Luke's first child was born, Joshua James, Luke soon posted a picture of him on his Twitter page In January 2012 he tweeted "Nothing better than when little Joshua is put in bed with me"
He is a supporter of Newcastle United FC
Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League
In the 2011/2012 Australian season, Wright joined the Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Big Bash League On 9 January, Wright smashed 117 from 60 deliveries including nine sixes and eight fours against the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena This was the highest score in Australian domestic Twenty20 up until D’Arcy Shorts 122 in BBL 07 In the same match, Wright and team-mate Rob Quiney set up a 172-run opening stand which is the highest for any wicket in a domestic Twenty20 match
In the inaugural season of Pakistan Super League in February 2016, Luke Wright played for Quetta Gladiators He was retained for the 2nd season which started from 9 February 2017
- ^ a b Luke Wright at Cricinfo retrieved 3 September 2007
- ^ Luke Wright Archived 2 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine at the ECB retrieved 3 September 2007
- ^ Wright races to the top Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine ECB retrieved 3 September 2007
- ^ Wright marks call-up with hundred BBC News retrieved 3 September 2007
- ^ MCC v Sussex BBC News retrieved 12 April 2008
- ^ Wright on cue after Kiwis impress BBC News retrieved 9 May 2008
- ^ a b England call up Wright as cover BBC News retrieved 3 September 2007
- ^ England v India 6th ODI BBC News retrieved 5 September 2007
- ^ England ease past Zimbabwe BBC News retrieved 13 September 2007
- ^ England v New Zealand averages BBC News retrieved 12 April 2008
- ^ England back from the dead CricInfo retrieved 12 April 2008
- ^ "Cricket Records | Records | ICC Champions Trophy ICC KnockOut | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo" Cricinfo Retrieved 2017-06-17
- ^ Cricinfo staff 8 October 2009, Harmison and Bopara miss out, Cricinfo, retrieved 2009-10-08
- ^ Tozer, Malcolm, ed 2012 Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools John Catt Educational Ltd p 280 ISBN 9781908095442
- ^ Sussex v Leicestershire at Hov, Sep 17-19, 2003 - Cricinfo
- ^ Article about Luke Wright, and his engagement to Rebecca
- ^ On 29 November 2011, Luke posted a picture of Joshua on Twitter
- ^ Luke and Joshua sleeping in Melbourne, Australia, 17 January 2012
- ^ 'Wanted: new superheroes to rank with ageing best', The Times London, 6 September 2007, Thursday, SPORT; Pg 91, 785 words, Andy Zaltzman
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