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England keen to put Wright lack of ICC trophy

English allrounder looks pretty confident of England's chances in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy

England keen to put Wright lack of ICC trophy - Cricket News
Luke Wright in action during an ODI.
England all-rounder Luke Wright spoke to this month's ICC Champions Trophy newsletter on his hopes for the event and tells us how he enjoys the challenge of bowling in the death overs. 

Do you talk about winning the Champions Trophy in the England dressing room?
Talking about winning the Champions Trophy is definitely something that's discussed in the dressing room. England has never won an ICC event and it's definitely something we'd like to put right.  We want to go into the tournament in South Africa confident and hopefully that will come if play well against Australia. If we do well against one of the best teams in the world in the ODI series, then it puts us in great stead.

You've played a number of roles within the England side both as a batsman and a bowler. Which do you prefer?
I honestly don't mind what role I play in the side, I try and be versatile to give myself every chance to play in a game and also to help the side out if there are certain areas they want to use me in. I think as long as I am playing an all-rounders role and I get to do both batting and bowling then I am happy.

You're sometimes asked to bowl at the death. Is it something you enjoy?
I do practice hard at bowling at the death, I've been lucky enough to bowl quite regularly at the death for Sussex and work alongside James Kirtley who's one of the best death bowlers around.  I like to be able to give myself the chance to be able to bowl at any stage. A few times its been nice to be asked to bowl at the death and do a job which I like doing.

Do you think Twenty20 cricket has helped you to develop your 50-over game?
I think everyone's skills have developed with Twenty20 with batting, bowling and fielding. It's something that not only I've noticed, but we've all now seen so many different shots come into the game and bowlers have had to develop and make sure they have good yorkers or a slower bouncers and everything. So I think everyone's skill levels have gone up.

England will come into the ICC Champions Trophy having played seven ODIs against Australia, do you think this will be a help or a hindrance to your tournament?
I'd like to say hopefully after playing so many ODIs ahead of the Champions Trophy we would have had a stern test against Australia that should bode well for us going into a big tournament.  You come into these tournaments and you sometimes haven't had as much match practice but to play against Australia here in England should get us well readied for the tournament and we can go there and perform well. I don't think arriving late is going to be a major disadvantage to us. It's just we won't be able to assess the conditions so well like you can do when you're out there early.  I think the main thing is if you're going into that tournament cold having not played cricket, then it's got to be a bit more of an issue. But the fact that we're going in after playing against a top side, if anything I think it's a good thing for us.

This summer was a big one for England with it reclaiming the Ashes. Do you think the success of the summer will carry through to the ICC Champions Trophy?
I certainly hope this year could be the one for England to remember – an Ashes victory followed by success in an ICC event. I was like everyone else, sat in my lounge watch England play the Ashes and watch that last day at The Oval when England did so well.  I know that not just the guys who have come into the squad but all the guys that were involved in the Ashes are really determined to perform well in these one-dayers against Australia and not rest on their laurels and enjoy the Ashes victory. They want to push on and really improve the England team's one-day cricket.

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