England v South Africa: Luke Wright out to secure England spot

Luke Wright

England v South Africa: Third Twenty20 international

Venue:
Edgbaston
Date:
Wednesday, 13 September
Start:
18:30 BST
Coverage:
Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW & via BBC Sport website (available worldwide); updates on BBC Radio 5 live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles

Luke Wright will hope to cement his place in England's World Twenty20 side when the defending champions play South Africa on Wednesday.

Wright was recalled in place of Ravi Bopara for Monday's abandoned second Twenty20 international at Old Trafford.

A good showing by the Sussex player could leave Bopara out in the cold on the eve of the tournament, which starts in Sri Lanka on 18 September.

South Africa lead England 1-0 in the current three-match series.

All-rounder Wright shone briefly by claiming a wicket in a tidy over and hitting a quick 14 in Monday's game, which was called off because of rain.

It was his first international appearance for 15 months and the 27-year-old could retain his place for the last match of the series in Birmingham.

Wright was a member of the side which won the last World Twenty20 in 2010 and earned his recall and a place in the 15-man squad for Sri Lanka on the back of some fine domestic form.

Bopara was named in the squad despite the personal problems which disrupted his season and his subsequent loss of form.

The Essex batsman pulled out of the second Test against South Africa in July and has since endured a string of low scores in all formats.

England fly to Sri Lanka on Thursday and will play warm-up games against Australia and Pakistan in Colombo before facing Afghanistan in their tournament opener on 21 September.

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