Sussex’s T20 campaign has been ill-fated since before it even began.

Perennial run-machine Luke Wright has revealed he has been struggling with injury throughout the South Group.

A revolving door for overseas players after the county had originally planned to stick with Rashid Khan and Mohammad Rizwan throughout, has not helped either.

Throw in a self-inflicted bullet in the foot last time they were at Hove and there is little surprise the former captain says he feels for his successor Ravi Bopara.

A foot and heel injury sustained away from cricket keeps Wright out when Surrey visit the 1st Central County Ground tonight (7pm).

It is a daunting task for Sussex – but a win over Chris Jordan and company would give everyone a massive lift.

Wright told The Argus: “I think the overall feeling in the camp is one of frustration.

“That game against Gloucestershire (when Sussex lost eight wickets for 23 chasing 146) hurt us.

“I think that knocked the confidence a little. We got into an almost unlosable position and lost.

“I think things would be looking a lot different if we had won that game.

“And it’s also the knock-on from that.

“I think the lads think there is still a chance.

“We have got to win all four games or else we have got no chance.

“We have just to get on a run.

“Twenty20 is difficult in that when, it is all going against you, it is hard to wrestle back that momentum.

“But when it’s going with you, you can see with teams like Surrey, even when you are not playing well you are able to get wins.

“We’ve gone through those stages but we have just got to get that next win on the board and get a bit of momentum.”

Sussex pin a lot of hopes in their T20 team but started to hit setbacks even before their opening game against Glamorgan.

And not only because of the re-arranged international fixtures which took away Khan and Rizwan for part of the programme.

Wright said: “I’ve got an inflamed bone spur in my foot plus plantar fasciitis plus a bruised heel, all three in one foot.

“I’ve been trying to play because we haven’t had the best of campaigns.

“I’ve been trying to help out but it sadly got to the point where, even though I got runs the other day (46 in Cardiff), it was getting worse and worse.

“It was a freak accident. I was trying to put a cover on an outdoor heater and it tipped and I fell and I landed on my heel.

“It was a bit of a freakish one but unfortunately it has plagued me throughout the tournament.

“It has been like batting with both hands tied behind my back, so to speak.

“It has been so frustrating. I felt good coming into it.

“I got runs in the second team but I then had to miss the rest of those games with the injury.

“I was then forcing myself back probably far earlier than I should have.

“It’s not been how I’d like it to but it’s one of those.


“When you play through injury, you hope to get your reward.

“It has not quite happened like that but that’s the way it goes.”

Sussex had a run of three wins but results have fallen off a cliff since then.

Wright said: “It has not been our best by any means.

“It’s difficult in a sense that we’ve had people coming and going throughout the season.

“We’ve never really had a settled team.

“We just haven’t put games together.

“At Essex on Friday, we batted brilliantly to go out and get 230-odd in the chase but bowled badly.

“And the other day (at Glamorgan) we didn’t get enough runs but then bowled really well.

“We just haven’t put enough games together.

“We know how good other teams are.

“You can’t be below your best if you want to win games.

“It has been disappointing. We expect a lot more so it has been tough.”

It has all led to a trying first year in charge for Ravi Bopara, who took over the captaincy when Wright opted to step down as captain.

The former skipper can empathise with his successor but has no regrets over his big call.

He said: “I’m happy I’m not captain this year.

“Obviously it has not been enjoyable in that I’ve not scored as many runs as I’d like to and the injuries and the team’s not winning.

“I’ve felt for Ravi at times.

“I so want him to do well but it has just not happened.

“I don’t think you ever enjoy yourself when you’re not winning.

“But it hasn’t made me regret the decision at all.”