Chris Wright expressed his relief at playing Division One cricket as he admitted he didn’t expect to be here after his release from Essex last August.
Wright has made a sublime start to his first full-season with the Bears claiming 15 wickets at an average just over 20 in their opening four Championship games.
But less than a year ago he had real concern about his own long term future playing 2nd XI cricket at Essex before his eventual release.
“It was a difficult time for me,” Wright said. “I didn’t really expect it last year to now be playing here for Warwickshire and be at the top of Division One.
“It has been a massive turn around and I am delighted. In a way I was quite fortunate as a day after my release I heard that Warwickshire wanted to bring me in on a loan trial period.
“It is up to me now to make the most of what I am doing here. It is nice to have gone away and done well as at times I did feel that I could have played more at Essex, but that doesn’t matter now and I am determined to just do well for Warwickshire.”
The Bears have enjoyed a near perfect start to the season, with five victories and a draw in their opening six games, as they sit top of the LV=County Championship and remain undefeated in all competitions.
Wright insists they can go one step further and avoid the disappointment that plagued last year’s campaign, and he believes they can take inspiration from this season’s tight Premier League run-in.
“Everyone at the back of their heads is well aware of what we can achieve, especially after watching the Premier League run-in and how we were piped at the post last year similar to United this year,” Wright added.
“The guys remember how it felt to miss out so it would be amazing to go one better and I don’t see why we can’t do that.
“We have played some of the more fancied teams as well and pulled out victories which makes our start even more impressive. We have beaten last year’s champions Lancashire and then Durham and Somerset who were two of the title favourites and we have come away from all with wins. To be honest if it wasn’t for the rain we could have come away with a win at Sussex as well.
“But it is only May and any thoughts about the title are at the back of everyone’s mind at the moment and we are just trying to take each game as it comes.”
Wright believes the sides ruthless nature has ensured that the side can bounce back from adversity as they have done on numerous occasions so far this season.
“We have been in a few tricky spots this season but I think we have a skilful team who have been more clinical than previous years.
“For example the game against Lancashire at Liverpool when we were 81-7, then you had Maddy and Clarky but on that incredible partnership that was just an awesome innings. We have got a strong team who are ruthless and disciplined as well, but it is our high skill level which has really stood out.”
The 26-year-old has formed a formidably partnership with the in-form Keith Barker who has claimed 22 wickets in the County Championship, but Wright believes it is just a matter of time before he enjoys similar success.
“Barks and myself have bowled well together in tandem, and he has had an amazing start to the year and it is just the case of supporting him, bowling in the right areas and seeing what happens.
“But I don’t see myself being just a support bowler, that’s just the way it goes sometimes. It may change and Barks will be bowling economically while I pick up all the wickets, hopefully, that is the plan anyway.”