Luke Wright Biography
Luke James Wright is an English cricketer who was born on 7 March 1985 in Grantham, England. He is a hard-hitting bowling all-rounder who has always had relentless energy and enthusiasm for the game.
He is a right-handed batsman and a right arm medium pace bowler. He has achieved great success, especially in the shortest format of the game due to the striking ability and variations in his bowling.
Wright attended the Ratcliffe College in Leicestershire and represented England at the Under-17 level. He made his first-class debut for Leicestershire at the age of 18 against Sussex in September 2003. He scored a total of 11 runs in the match.
He then represented England in the 2004 ICC Under-19 World Cup. Wright scored 154 runs in six matches at an average of 38.50, including two fifties. He also contributed six wickets at 19.50. He then joined Sussex in 2004 and went on to hit a century in his first match.
In 2007, he scored his maiden hundred in a domestic T20 match for Sussex against Kent, an innings of 103 runs off 45 balls including 11 fours and six sixes.
Wright made his international debut for England in an ODI match against India at The Oval in September 2007. He played a brilliant inning of 50 runs off 52 balls in the lower middle order, hitting seven fours and one six.
He then made his T20I debut the next week against Zimbabwe at Cape Town in the inaugural ICC World T20. He was out for a duck on his debut. He played his next series against New Zealand and scored a total of 102 runs on the tour.
Rise to Glory
Wright is a complete cricketer who is always an asset to the team whenever he plays. Wright ended the domestic T20 Cup in 2007 as the highest run getter with 346 runs for Sussex.
A blazing century against New Zealand for England Lions landed him in the selectors’ radar and Wright was in contention for the national call-up. A half century on ODI debut further consolidated the selector's faith in him. He also hit crucial runs on many occasions in England's winning run at the ICC World T20 in 2010.
Wright's T20 capabilities that he possesses made him a hot pick for T20 franchises around the world.
Wright represented the Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Big Bash League in 2011. He scored 236 runs in eight matches at 39.33, including his highest score of 117 which had 9 sixes and 8 fours against Hobart Hurricanes. He was the second highest run-getter for Melbourne Stars and also took 2 wickets in the league.
He has also represented Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League in 2013 and Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League in 2016.
Wright has featured in 50 ODI matches and scored 707 runs at 20.20. He has also taken 15 wickets at 58.93.
In the 51 T20 internationals he has played, Luke has scored 759 runs at 18.97 and taken 18 wickets at 25.83.