Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Luke's Late Show Can Have a Happy Ending; near Miss: Luke Wright Narrowly Fails to Run out Daniel Vettori during England's Tied Match with New Zealand in Napier Yesterday

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Luke's Late Show Can Have a Happy Ending; near Miss: Luke Wright Narrowly Fails to Run out Daniel Vettori during England's Tied Match with New Zealand in Napier Yesterday

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Byline: David Lloyd

LUKE WRIGHT was the most disappointed player of all immediately afterEngland's last-ball tie against New Zealand because the young all-rounderthought he had claimed a stunning victory.

While everyone else concentrated on Paul Collingwood's underarm throw thatmissed the stumps by a whisker, Wright believed he had bowled Kiwi captainDaniel Vettori with the final delivery of a rip-roaring match and was startingto celebrate.

"I actually thought it had bowled him, so I was off celebrating," said Wright."I was halfway through taking my shirt off and the next moment I looked up andwe nearly got the runout, so I was a bit disappointed with the draw.

"I'm not sure what happened because the sun was in my eyes, but I thought theleg stump had gone. I don't think the shirt would have come off, though.

I haven't got enough of a six pack." Like most people who witnessed or playedin the dramatic fourth one-day international at McLean Park, Wright is stillweighing up whether England tied a match they should have won or saved a gamethey should have lost.

Either way, this five-match series is still alive, with Collingwood's team ableto earn a share of the spoils by winning here on Saturday to square matters at2-2. And, from that point of view, it is important the visitors convincethemselves they came away from Napier on a high while New Zealand fret over awasted opportunity.

"From six or seven overs out it looked as though we were gone," said Wright.

"I think if anyone had offered us a draw at that stage we would have taken it,but then coming down to the last ball and them needing two you're a bitdisappointed in the end to get a tie.

"Looking at it the other way round, though, if we'd got ourselves in thatposition [New Zealand needed 45 runs from the last seven overs with sevenwickets in hand] and come out with a tie I think it would have beendevastating. …

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