Wright keen to get back to Sussex duties

A Clydesdale Bank 40 game against the ECB Unicorns is about as big a cricketing contrast as you can get from an ICC World Twenty20 final.

But Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright insists he is looking forward to resuming county duties this Sunday a week after helping England beat Australia to lift their first major trophy in Barbados.

Wright and Sussex team-mate Mike Yardy have arrived back in England and have been given a few days to enjoy their success before linking up with their team-mates again.

Wright said: “I’ve had so many texts and messages of support from the lads at Sussex and it will be great to see them again. It’s going to feel a bit strange but I’ll still be on a high. It’s a big part of the season coming up with the Twenty20 Cup starting on June 1 and I am looking forward to being in the Sussex dressing room again.

“I watched the CB40 game against Somerset last Saturday on TV with Yards and he was stomping all round the hotel room when the game got away from us – he had a right cob on. I had to tell him to calm down but he is desperate to be back in the Sussex dressing room again.”

Wright has won countless domestic honours since joining Sussex in 2004 and has played more than 50 games for his country after making his debut in 2007, but he has declared Sunday “the best day of my career”.

He added: “We were chatting afterwards and some of the guys who have won the Ashes said that was better but it was a really special day. I had 72 text messages when I picked up my phone which is going to cost me a few quid because you have to pay for them when you are abroad!

“The only problem was that the game finished at 2.30pm which gave us a lot of time to celebrate and it turned into a very long night. But Barbados was full of England fans and they were all so chuffed for us that we had won.”

Wright played some key innings in the middle-order with Eoin Morgan but his solitary over in the tournament during the final proved just as important.

Australia’s Cameron White and David Hussey had put on 50 together with Yardy’s previous over costing 21 runs but Wright again showed he relishes the big stage by conceding just five runs in his single over and taking the key wicket of White.

He said: “I hadn’t bowled in the tournament but I just had a feeling for some reason that I would get one in the final. Yards had done really well with Graeme Swann and helped us win a lot of games in the middle overs and he didn’t deserve to get hit in that final over of his.

“I needed a bit of luck with the wicket but it was great to get it because you never know with the Aussies, they are always coming back at you.”

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