Cricket: Luke in the Wright form for a ODI return

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Luke Wright has made himself an invaluable Twenty20 asset to England, but it is a route back into one-day international cricket that is his biggest ambition for 2013.

The 27-year-old has emphatically restated his case as an inked-in short-format player for his country over the past five months, and was one of the stars of Saturday’s spectacular show in England’s record-breaking 40-run victory over New Zealand.

Yet it is almost two years ago, in England’s 10-wicket World Cup quarter-final trouncing at the hands of Sri Lanka in Colombo, that the all-rounder won the last of his 46 ODI caps.

Wright’s stock as a Twenty20 specialist rose via stints at the Indian Premier League, Australia’s Big Bash and also in New Zealand.

On current form, he is perhaps one of the first names on the England team sheet - and showed why again last night at Eden Park, where his 42 from just 20 balls at number three contained four sixes and then for good measure he took two for 29.

“I have huge ambitions to get back in the one-day side,” he said. “That’s why last summer I was so pleased to get those (three) Pro40 hundreds (for Sussex).