Wright: We've the momentum
Luke Wright believes England can tie the one-day international series with New Zealand having turned their tour around.
By Tony Curtis
Last Updated: 21/02/08 8:31am
Luke Wright believes England can tie the one-day international series with New Zealand after turning their tour around.
Having been comprehensively beaten in the opening two games of the five-match series, Wright feels England now have the momentum.
Victory in the third match and a thrilling tie in Napier have taken the series into the final rubber at Christchurch.
And having seen New Zealand choke when in position to win the series last time out, Wright claims the pressure is now on the hosts.
"I think we've come away [from Napier] thinking it was a bit of a win," admitted Wright. "From six or seven overs out the series was gone so to get a tie and be able to go to the next game was great.
"Hopefully we can take a bit of momentum now, win the last game and get a draw in the series which will be quite a good result after the first two games.
"I think if we'd have been in their position and got a tie I think it would have been pretty devastating.
"To go into the last game with the series alive is obviously the worst scenario for them, but we can take a lot of credit for the way we've fought back and shown a lot of character to get a tie so hopefully we can take that on and win in Christchurch."
Wright was given the task of bowling the final over in Napier, with the hosts needing seven for victory.
And despite limiting New Zealand to six runs, the Sussex all-rounder is still shocked by the captain Paul Collingwood's decision to throw him the ball.
"I don't know why he chose me," he added. "I bowled at the death in the warm-up games and it went pretty well and I saw it as a compliment, really.
"At the time I didn't really think too much of it, but looking back on it now I suppose it's a bit of a pat on the back. It's nice to have repaid a bit of faith that he's shown in me.
"In a way the pressure was off me. Not many people were expecting me to keep it under the seven runs so I just thought it was a chance to gain rather than to fail."