Luke Wright admitted he was more pleased for his Melbourne Stars’ team-mates than any personal achievement after smashing a new record score in Australia’s t20 Big Bash tournament.
The Sussex all-rounder, who is fully fit again after knee trouble wrecked his domestic season in 2011, scored 117 off 60 balls to eclipse the previous best score of 111 by Michael Dighton five years ago.
Wright smashed nine sixes and eight fours and at one stage clubbed Hobart Hurricanes’ bowler Rhett Lockyear for three successive sixes on his way to a 44-ball hundred. His stand of 172 with Rob Quincey was also a record as the Stars kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive with a 19-run win.
“Records are one of the nice things in sport but the main thing was we won. That was what we really needed to keep us in this competition,” said Wright.
“I felt pretty good in the previous game but didn’t go on so I just wanted to try to carry on and hit the ball hard.”
Wright hopes a successful Big Bash will help put him back in England contention. He has played 46 ODIs and was a member of the side which won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010.
Meanwhile, Sussex batsman Joe Gatting has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Hove until 2013. Gatting made his maiden County Championship hundred in the penultimate game last season against Worcestershire.
Gatting is currently in the Caribbean with the rest of the Sharks’ squad preparing for their first game in the Caribbean t20 tournament against the Netherlands in Antigua on Tuesday January 10.