All-rounder Luke Wright looks set to play for Sussex for the rest of his career after agreeing a new contract at Hove.
Wright will have been with the county for 12 years when his new deal runs out at the end of the 2015 season and the contract represents a show in faith by both the county and the player himself.
The 26-year-old didn’t play from early July onwards last season and underwent a knee operation in September. Fully recovered, he spent part of the winter playing in Australia’s Big Bash, scoring a 44-ball hundred for the Melbourne Stars, and is currently in South Africa preparing for the start of the new domestic season with a t20 stint for the New Age Impi.
Wright has played 46 ODIs and 30 Twenty20 games for England and hopes a good domestic campaign will earn him an international recall. Having been part of the t20 World Cup winning team in 2010, being part of the squad which defends the trophy later this year in Sri Lanka is an obvious target.
Wright said: “I am delighted to have signed a long contract. Sussex is a fantastic club, with which I have been lucky to win many trophies, and I look forward to helping them towards more success in the coming years.
“Myself and my family are very happy here and I have always been greatly supported by the club and our fans.”
Cricket manager Mark Robinson is pleased that another of the county’s big names has committed himself to Sussex after Matt Prior and Chris Nash agreed new deals earlier this year.
Robinson said: “We are delighted that Luke has committed the next four years to the club. He has been with us now since he was 19, has become an integral part of the squad both on and off the pitch, and the way he plays his cricket excites crowds and makes him a dangerous player to play against.”