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February 24, 2014
Luke Wright has found out firsthand the views of some England supporters about the team's performances this winter after hitching a lift from the airport to his hotel.
Wright arrived in Antigua ahead of his team-mates and found himself without transport when he landed on the island, so a group of England fans said they would give him a ride. It felt like a long journey for Wright.
"Their flight from Manchester pulled in just behind mine from Miami, and my car didn't turn up - so it was nice of the 'Barmy Army' to drop me off ... and give me a good grilling on the way here of what they weren't happy with in the winter,'' he said.
"They probably asked more questions than here today actually. It was a long 45-minute drive. They were quite tough, but they were good ... and happy to find out what Mitchell Johnson is like to face. We need to be putting smiles back on their faces.''
To be fair to Wright, he would only have been able to answer about what happened in the Twenty20s at the end of the painful trip around Australia as he was not involved in the other two formats, but the 3-0 drubbing was enough to leave Wright feeling as hurt as those involved elsewhere.
His frustration was compounded by having impressed in the Big Bash League but then being unable to transfer that into the matches in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney where he made 9, 0 and 8. However, the selectors have shown faith for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and, because of the emphasis on the short format, he also has a chance in the three ODIs against West Indies in Antigua.
"I think that was the most frustrating for me, going into that Australia series,'' he said. "I'd watched the whole way through and seen how disappointingly we'd played, and I felt in great nick from the Big Bash going into it and had played well against all the bowlers I was going to face for Australia.
"To then not do it was the most frustrated I've probably been in my career. It was so annoying and disappointing to come away from that performing badly ... I've got to put that right."
Much has been made within the England camp of looking forward, not back, but lessons will have to be learned about what happened in Australia. It was a tour that cost Andy Flower and Kevin Pietersen their jobs and also saw Graeme Swann retire.
"You walk away as a player and say 'why didn't you take those moments?' when you should have won games," Wright said. "I've been asking [myself] that over the last three weeks since I left Australia. Sometimes you can't put your finger on it, and that's the hardest thing as a cricketer.''
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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