Cricket: Ex-England all-rounder turned Auckland Aces assistant coach Luke Wright insists loyalties not divided as old side face Blackcaps

One person who'll be paying close attention to the first cricket test of the home summer is former England allrounder Luke Wright. 

Currently an assistant coach with Auckland Aces, he'll take up a role as an England selector at the end of the season, but he has some strong opinions on who Blackcaps selectors should have their eye on. 

Firmly ensconced at Eden Park, Wright insists he's no stowaway.

"There's certainly not a mole over here, trying to feed England information," Wright told Newshub.

The former England international had planned on being here long term, but home came calling, when ECB boss Rob Key needed a new selector.

"The last thing I wanted to do was just up sticks halfway through the summer, so they were great at allowing me to see out the season," Wright continued. 

That gives Wright the chance to help Auckland win some silverware, while also observing the next crop of Kiwi cricketers coming through.

While not looking to criticise, he acknowledges there are gaps in fast-bowling stocks. 

"I think it's a challenge for everyone. How do you replace those guys at the top that have been so good for such a long time?

"You're talking about world-class bowlers that you've got to replace."

With Trent Boult and Tim Southee nearing the end of their careers, is there a clear solution?

"I'd hang my hat quite heavily on Ben Lister and hope he does well for a long period for New Zealand," Wright added.

For now, Wright has a test series to watch.

"I'm gonna have to go with England," Wright says of his support for this month's two-test series. 

"I'll support individuals who are there."

A foot in both camps seems a pretty good position to be in.

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