Luke Wright
Luke Wright

Former England allrounder Luke Wright has been named the next England Men’s selector. He is scheduled to start in March of next year after finishing a coaching job with Auckland. 

Wright will work with England men’s managing director Rob Key, performance director Mo Bobat, player ID lead David Court, and the appropriate red-ball and white-ball coaches and captains to select squads. His perspectives will also be considered in connection to ECB central contracts. 

Key has reestablished the job. Ashley Giles, his predecessor, had abolished the selection panel, giving sole responsibility to then-head coach Chris Silverwood. 

Luke Wright (PC-Getty Images)
Luke Wright (PC-Getty Images)

Huge Honour And Privilege To Take On This Role: Luke Wright

“It’s a huge honour and privilege to take on this role, one that I am incredibly excited about,” Wright said. “With the Ashes and ICC Men’s 50-over World Cup next year, I can’t wait to get started and try to contribute after what has been a fantastic year for England men’s cricket,” he added.  

“Off the back of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup win and a successful summer for our men’s Test team, I’m delighted that Luke will be joining as England Selector,” Key said.

Robert Key
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“With his significant experience of playing in England and overseas as well as his in-depth knowledge of county cricket, he will be an important voice in squad selection while also helping to identify the next generation of England stars.  

“It’s an exciting time for England men’s cricket, but with the Ashes and the ICC Men’s 50-over World Cup next year there is a lot of hard work ahead if we are to build upon what has been an exciting year.”  

I Will Always Be A Sussex Fan: Luke Wright

Wright has also opted to retire from professional cricket in order to concentrate on his new role as a selector. The all-rounder made his first-class debut in 2003 and has appeared in over 400 games for Sussex across all forms.

In the shortest format, he scored 8526 runs and took 79 wickets, while in List A cricket, he scored over 5000 runs and got 111 wickets. He also earned 101 limited-overs matches for England and was a member of the team that won the T20 World Cup in 2010. 

Luke Wright (PC-Getty Images)
Luke Wright (PC-Getty Images)

“A huge thank you to Sussex for the most incredible 19 seasons at the club,” Wright noted. “I am very proud of what I achieved individually and as a team during my time. I gave my everything and I hope that showed on the pitch. I will always be a Sussex fan.” 

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