Luke Wells: Sussex batsman wants to fulfil potential

Luke Wells
Wells has scored 3,674 first-class runs at an average of 34.33 since making his Sussex debut in 2010

Sussex opener Luke Wells hopes to fulfil his potential next summer after talks with the club's coaching staff.

The 23-year-old signed a new contract with the Hove side last week.

Wells scored 942 County Championship runs at an average of 36.23 in 2014, missing out on the target of 1,000 runs in a season which he had set himself.

"It is about making sure me and the coaches are on the same wavelength and having constructive relationships where I can develop," Wells told BBC Sussex.

"We have had conversations about that sort of thing and I feel we have ironed a lot of stuff out."

The Eastbourne-born left-hander also fell short of the 1,000-run milestone in 2013 by just 18 runs.

Sussex batsman Luke Wells:
"I do genuinely feel I have underachieved in my career so far, in all forms of the game. "

Wells, whose new deal runs until the end of 2016, said his recent contract negotiations had proved to be "a reasonably stressful time", but that he "never had any true intention" to leave Sussex.

He came through the academy at Hove, where both his father Alan and uncle Colin played in the past, with both of them going on to briefly play international cricket.

"I feel a foundation has been laid now to have solid, good working relationships that can take my game forward and hopefully bring better results to Sussex," he said.

"There is no reason why I can't go on to fulfil my potential.

"I do genuinely feel I have underachieved in my career so far, in all forms of the game. Although I have done okay I feel I am capable of a lot more."

Luke Wells in the County Championship
YearRunsAverageHigh Score
201182432.96174
201271337.52127
201398237.76208
201494236.23162

Wells has previously appeared for the England Lions and still retains ambitions of earning full international honours.

"I feel that if I had performed to my true ability over the last couple of years, I would have been closer in that regard than what I am at the moment," he said.

"On the positive side, I genuinely believe I have got that ability in me.

"Now it is purely about knuckling down, keeping things simple and delivering more consistent results."

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