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Wright praises England efforts

10 February 2013 13:32

All-rounder Luke Wright was delighted with England's record-breaking Twenty20 victory over New Zealand, and said strong fielding was key.

The tourists racked up 214-7 at Eden Park on Saturday - their highest-ever score in the T20 format - before restricting New Zealand to 174-9 to seal the win and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Wright was sensational in the victory in Auckland, cracking 42 off 20 balls before taking two wickets and the 27-year-old was thrilled with the hefty total and the excellent fielding performance that followed.

"To get the record - with a bit of help from the smaller ground - the way everyone went in and kept expressing themselves and hit the ball was exciting for a batting line-up," he said.

"To bowl the way we did and restrict New Zealand to 170 was obviously a great effort.

"That is one thing we said before the game - if we could outfield New Zealand.

"We know they are a fantastic fielding unit, obviously they dropped catches last night but in general they are one of the best in the world so to outfield them was very pleasing."

Wright said he wants to cement a place in England's ODI squad, but acknowledged he faces a tough task with so much quality at the top of the order.

"I have huge ambitions to get back in the one-day side," he said.

"I was really pleased with my season last year - I got three hundreds in the Pro40. It is something I want to really push on to try and get back in that side.

"I just need to perform well in these Twenty20s whenever I get a chance and try and push my case. It is something I am desperate to do.

"If I am bowling well then that gives me a better chance as well. It is quite tough at the top of the order with KP (Kevin Pietersen), Cooky (Alastair Cook), Belly (Ian Bell) and Trotty (Jonathan Trott) to come back in.

"It is quite tough to get in the top of the order, but I'd like to come in that middle order if there is no room for me at the top, but the bowling side of that helps me do that."

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson meanwhile said his relationship with star player Ross Taylor is improving - the pair fell out publicly after the latter was stripped of the captaincy late last year.

"I think 'work in progress' is a good term," he said.

"We are working well together. It is going to take a while though before we are going out for coffee every week.

"It is just working together, that is all it is, and we will continue to do that and the longer we do that the better the relationship will be. Ross and I function very well together."

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