Sussex are looking forward to seeing a refreshed Luke Wright after he cut short his white-ball winter.

The hard-hitting batsman ended his Big Bash season early and has opted not to play in the equivalent competition in Pakistan.

He tweeted: “Sadly I’ve had to pull out of the PSL this year. I’ve been carrying niggles all winter and they are not getting any better so being fair to both Karachi Kings and Sussex CCC I respectfully have to miss it. Great tournament. Hope to play in it next year.”

Sussex chief executive Rob Andrew appreciates Wright’s decision and believes it can be good news.

The county are planning how to cover for the absence of Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer in the early weeks of the season due to IPL duty. They would be delighted to see Wright on top form.

Andrew told The Argus: “Luke is back now. I think he is okay.

“He has to look after his back and has done for a number of years now.

“My understanding is he just wants to have a bit of a break.

“He wants to get prepared for the season, stay at home – he has got a young family – and just get off the treadmill. That is good for us.

“We lose two to the IPL but we get Luke with a bit of a rest and getting himself in the best shape possible for the start of the season.”

Sussex will work under new boss Jason Gillespie in March – with some players going earlier.

Andrew said: “There aren’t many still here but those who are will be going to South Africa at the end of February.

“The rest of the players are going out in early March for a couple of weeks with Dizzy.

“They will do pre-season training and have some warm-up games in Cape Town.

“There are one or two other counties out there so we will probably play them in some one-day stuff. We are trying to get matches organised at the moment.”