Once an Eagle, always a Bear

24Affected by injury during the relevant part of the season, Wrighty played just one T20 for the Bears last year but he will be challenging hard for a place in 2017, having ended the 2016 season brilliantly.

With both red and white balls he delivered some crucial spells and was a big influence for the Bears on their way to their lifting the Royal London Cup. It was Wrighty's immaculate, first-change spell that halted Surrey's early charge in the Lord's final and turned the tide the Bears' way.

Bizarrely released by Essex in 2011, Chris has proved one of the Bears' best signings of recent times. With the new ball, or coming on first change, he bowls with pace, persistence and skill and has the ability either to attack and hunt wickets or to change tack and bowl with guile more for containment.

Chris Wright Fact File

Role: Seam-bowler

Birmingham Bears squad number: 31

Favourite...

Sports team beyond cricket: Arsenal

Holiday destination: Australia

Cricket heroes: Jason Gillespie and Mark Rampraskash

Quote: "Always work hard, always try hard"