A familiar – and hugely positive and popular presence at the Melbourne Stars since the team’s inception, Luke Wright continues to go from strength to strength.
He was the third highest scorer in BBL|03, hitting 288 – including 36 fours and 12 sixes – throughout the tournament, at an average of 32.00 – our Englishmen was crowd the Stars BBL|03 Player of the series.
The top order batsman came out with a bang, smashing his high score of 70 off 32 balls in the opening match against Melbourne rivals, the Renegades, at the MCG.
He earned man of the match honours against the Hobart Hurricanes, when he blasted 52 off 36.
But the English all-rounder didn’t just impress with the bat, taking six catches and three wickets, including a best of 1/11.
He was shortlisted for the Player of the Tournament award alongside Stars team mates Jackson Bird, John Hastings and Brad Hodge.
Immediately after BBL|03, Wright went on to represent England in a mixture of ODI and T20 matches against Australia. He then put in some solid performances for his country against the West Indies before preparing for a season with Sussex.
The 29-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic English summer with the south coast club in all formats, scoring centuries and sending records flying. He made 153 not out – the highest score in domestic T20 Cricket in England – in his team’s convincing win over Essex in July.
The following month he managed to score two centuries in just three days, in successive one-day and four-day matches.
Contracted until the end of BBL|04, the Stars look forward to welcoming Luke, along with his wife Rebecca and two young children, back to the Stars family in BBL|04.
He provides options for the team as he can play any role through the middle to finishing overs. We are extremely pleased to have him as one of our foundation players.