Chris Wright this week expressed his happiness at playing Division One championship cricket this season as he admitted it is something he did not expect after his release from Essex last August.
Wright has made an excellent start to his first full season with Warwickshire, claiming 20 wickets in their opening five Championship games to play a big part in their rise to the top of the table.
But less than a year ago he had real concern about his long term future – playing 2nd XI cricket at Essex before his eventual release.
“It was a difficult time for me,” Wright said. “I didn’t really expect after last year to be playing here for Warwickshire and be at the top of Division One. It has been a massive turnaround and I am delighted.
“In a way I was quite fortunate as a day after my release I heard that Warwickshire wanted to bring me in on a loan trial period. It is up to me now to make the most of what I am doing here.
“It is nice to have gone away and done well as at times I did feel that I could have played more at Essex, but that doesn’t matter now and I am determined to just do well for Warwickshire.”
The Bears have enjoyed a terrific start to the season, with five victories and two draws in their opening seven games, as they sit top of the championship and remain undefeated in all competitions.
Wright insists they can go one step further this year and avoid the disappointment that accompanied the finale to last year’s championship chase – when they were pipped by Lancashire for the title on the very last day. And he believes they can take inspiration from the football world and this season’s tight Premier League run-in.
“Everyone is well aware of what we can achieve, especially after watching the Premier League run-in and how we were pipped at the post last year similar to Manchester United this year,” Wright added. “The guys remember how it felt to miss out so it would be amazing to go one better and I don’t see why we can’t do that.