Cricket - Wright surprised by England call

Chris Wright admits his call-up to England's provisional 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy came as a pleasant surprise.

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Chris Wright finished with 62 top-flight wickets last season

Seamer Wright was one of the key figures in Warwickshire's LV= County Championship triumph last summer; his haul of 62 top-flight wickets was bettered only by Durham's Graham Onions, who picked up 64 scalps. He subsequently spent time in India and Australia over the winter with the England Performance Programme and Lions respectively.

Yet, speaking on Thursday at Warwickshire's pre-season media day, he explained his sense of confusion after missing a recent call from national selector Geoff Miller. "I missed the call, called back and it was Geoff Miller. I didn't really know what it was about because they named a 30-man squad (the England Performance Squad) a couple of days previous, but it's great to be thought of - I'm delighted," he said.

Wright retains a realistic outlook on his chances of gaining a place in England's final 15-man party for the 50-over tournament, which they will host in June.

"Obviously I'm aware it's going to be trimmed down (by May 5), but I'll just try and make sure I'm sniffing around there somewhere with the hope of making it," he added.

"I'm not thinking too much about the Champions Trophy selection, because it's a different format and we've got plenty of championship cricket coming up. The key thing is just to get off to a good start in that really."

Wright is one of four uncapped players in England's initial Trophy squad, together with Warwickshire team-mate Varun Chopra, a heavy-scoring opener on the domestic circuit in recent seasons, Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance and Middlesex seamer James Harris.

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