Luke James Wright is an English cricketer who was born in Grantham, England, on March 7, 1985. He’s a hard-hitting bowling all-rounder with a never-ending supply of energy and passion for the game.
He bats right-handed and bowls medium speed with his right arm. Due to his striking abilities and variations in his bowling, he has had a lot of success, particularly in the shorter format of the game.
Wright attended Ratcliffe College in Leicestershire and was a member of the England Under-17 team. In September 2003, he made his first-class debut for Leicestershire against Sussex at the age of 18. In the match, he scored a total of 11 runs.
After that, he played in the 2004 ICC Under-19 World Cup for England. Wright scored 154 runs at an average of 38.50 in six matches, including two fifties. He also took six wickets for 19.50 runs. After that, he joined Sussex in 2004 and scored a century in his first game.
In a domestic T20 match for Sussex against Kent in 2007, he scored his first century, a 103-run innings off 45 balls that included 11 fours and six sixes.
In September 2007, Wright made his international debut for England in an ODI match against India at The Oval. He struck seven fours and one six in a superb inning in the lower middle order, scoring 50 runs on 52 pitches.
The following week, he made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe in the inaugural ICC World T20 in Cape Town. On his debut, he was out for a duck. He then went on to play New Zealand in his next series, scoring 102 runs in all.
Rise to Glory
Wright is a complete cricketer and is still a valuable member of the squad. With 346 runs for Sussex in the domestic T20 Cup in 2007, Wright was the top run scorer.
Wright was on the selectors’ radar after a fiery century for the England Lions versus New Zealand, and he was in line for a national call-up. A half-century on his ODI debut contributed to the selectors’ trust in him. He also scored vital runs on various occasions during England’s 2010 ICC World T20 winning streak.
Wright’s T20 skills have made him a popular choice for T20 franchises all over the world.
In 2011, Wright played for the Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Big Bash League. He scored 236 runs at 39.33 in eight matches, including his best score of 117 against the Hobart Hurricanes, which included nine sixes and eight fours. He was Melbourne Stars’ second-highest run scorer and also took two league wickets.
In 2013, he played for Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League, and in 2016, he played for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League.
Wright has played in 50 One-Day International matches, scoring 707 runs at a strike rate of 20.20. He has also taken 15 wickets at a strike rate of 58.93.
Luke has 759 runs at an average of 18.97 and 18 wickets at an average of 25.83 in 51 T20 internationals.