Cricket - I'm a better player now - Wright

England all-rounder Luke Wright reported for pre-season training at Sussex on Monday, fresh from a jet-setting winter programme that he believes has left him in the form of his life.

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Cricket - I'm a better player now - Wright

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Luke Wright has benefited from playing T20 around the world

Wright linked up with his county team-mates for the first time this year, but the 27-year-old has scarcely been out of the game since the end of last term. During that time he has confirmed himself as one of the country's most in-demand Twenty20 talents - enjoying spells in Australia's Big Bash League, the Indian Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League.

"Going off playing Twenty20 around the world gives me a big advantage, seeing different players from different countries, rubbing shoulders with them and just netting for hours on end," he said.

"One person I talked to a lot is David Hussey, one of the best T20 players in the world, not only in Australia but in India too and we discussed how to structure an innings.

"Then in Bangladesh you're talking to the likes of Shakib-al-Hasan about the best ways to play spin over there, or to Angelo Mathews, who I practised with a lot last year.

"Then I was named in the team of the tournament for the World T20 and it was a huge moment for me. It was a huge confidence boost and I feel like a better player now, twice as good as I was. I wish I could go back and change some of the early performances (for England)."

Although Wright has toured with the Test squad in the past, he accepts he is unlikely to break into the five-day squad in the near future.

Wright is relishing the start of the new domestic season, and added: "Ultimately, Sussex are my team and they have got me to where I am today; I'm playing with my mates and they're the ones who've helped me get here.

"In terms of Test cricket I'm a realist and I'm probably way down the pecking order, but your personal pride won't allow you to say 'it's okay if I average 20 in first-class, I've got T20'.

"It's still about winning things. I've never been much of a stats man but it is about what you've won. I wouldn't blame anyone (for going freelance) but I'm still playing for England and I'm delighted with where I am."

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