England find the Wright stuff

South Wales Argus: Luke Wright starred in an emphatic England victory Luke Wright starred in an emphatic England victory

Luke Wright fell one run short of total perfection, but was not letting that bother him after helping England begin the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 with a 116-run win over Afghanistan.

Wright powered England to 196 for five and then needed to bowl just one over - for one run - as his colleagues saw off Afghanistan for 80 all out.

"I think it was (perfect)," Wright said as he reflected on the success which means champions England are already through to the Super Eight stage.

Stuart Broad's team were determined not to take Afghanistan lightly and simply never let up, even after Wright had hit eight fours and six sixes from just 55 balls.

"We knew how dangerous they were going to be," Wright added. "We watched their game against India and saw the dangerous batters and obviously, after the first over, to come back the way we did and then bowl them out for 80 was a superb effort."

England lost Craig Kieswetter for a duck to Shapoor Zadran as the match began with a wicket-maiden. But thanks to Wright's good sense, and tremendous big-hitting skill, they never looked back again.

As for so narrowly missing his hundred - he needed three from the final ball of the innings but could manage only a two - Wright will not be losing any sleep.

"I suppose there's always disappointment not to finish with a hundred," he added. "But if I'd been offered that this morning, I'd have snapped anyone's hand off."

Wright was only on the fringes of England's squad until Ravi Bopara lost form and the 27-year-old is very thankful to have been given another chance to prove his worth.

"I was desperate to get back playing for England and there is no comparison with scoring runs for your country," he said. "I feel like I'm a better player this time round."

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