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Wright targets million dollar chance

Source - theargus.co.uk

Luke Wright is determined to nail down his place in England's Twenty20 team to give himself a shot at a million dollar jackpot.

Wright joins up with the national one-day squad today with all the talk likely to be about the 20 million US dollar winner-takes-all clash between England and an All Star XI in November.

Texan billionaire Allan Stanford revealed the details of the big-money match which will be held in Antigua at Lord's yesterday with each player on the winning side earning a million dollars (about 500,000) for one game.

Wright is due to play in his eighth Twenty20 international against New Zealand tomorrow followed by a one-day series and knows the stakes are high.

He said: "It is very exciting but you can't think about the money. The game is not until November anyway so my first goal is to get into the team and nail down a place.

"The kind of money on offer is mindblowing but I think it is good for cricket. Players are now valued a lot more and if you play well for your club and country you will get rewarded financially.

"I'd love to play in that game but it is a long way off. It will create a lot of interest but I just wouldn't want to drop a catch that is worth $20m!"

Wright made just one with the bat but impressed with the ball as Sussex lost their opening match in the Twenty20 Cup at Kent last night. Susex set a target of 137 and Kent reached it with one ball to spare.

The all-rounder is due to miss the rest of the group stage but is confident his Sussex team-mates will bounce back to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Wright added: "It would have been nice if I had gone off to England on a winning note but I have confidence in the boys.

"Kent are a good side but we pushed them all the way despite not being at our best so hopefully we will still be in the competition when I return from international duty."

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