White-ball focus for Wright

09 April 2019 02:18:20 EST

Luke Wright says that scoring runs in first-class cricket remains the ultimate, despite having agreed a specialist white-ball deal with Sussex.

The 34-year-old, capped more than 100 times by England's limited-overs teams, turned his back on County Championship cricket after being omitted from the defeat to his former club Leicestershire in the first Division Two match of the 2019 season.

Wright has 17 hundreds in his first-class career, averages a respectable 38.11 and featured in two title-winning Sussex teams.

"I worked hard on my red-ball cricket over the winter, but once it became clear that I was going to have a lesser role in the four-day team, it made sense for me to commit my long-term future to the white-ball game only," said the Sharks' Twenty20 captain.

"I'm hoping to carry on playing for the next five to six years and therefore I'm delighted to be committing my future to Sussex with this contract.

"I'm hugely proud of my first-class record - it's something that has often surprised people who think of me as having been a white-ball specialist - and I was lucky to join Sussex under Peter Moores and Chris Adams ahead of a period of unprecedented success for the county.

"I'll miss first-class cricket greatly and would always advise any youngsters making their way in the game that four-day runs are always the most rewarding."

Sussex can be backed at 1212/1 to win the Royal London Cup this summer, with Hampshire 4/5 and Yorkshire 1212/1.

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