South Africa-born Michael Lumb has been in superb form for the Sydney Sixers in this year’s Big Bash League and with the 2016 ICC World Twenty 20 looming, he could be in line for a surprise recall to the English T20 side.
Lumb has not pulled on the Three Lions shirt since England’s ill-fated 2014 ICC World Twenty 20 campaign. An embarrassing defeat to the Netherlands saw England dumped out of the competition somewhat prematurely.
The left-hander’s form for Nottinghamshire in the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast was unimpressive too, however, this could be down to the fact that in February 2015 he tore a tendon in his arm that required surgery.
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Now fully fit and firing once again, Lumb has top-scored for the Sixers in two of their five matches to date. He hit 34 in the loss against Sydney Thunder and then struck a match-winning 63 against the Melbourne Renegades.
In his first half century of the campaign, he smashed five sixes and four boundaries before being caught behind - producing an impressive strike rate of 180.
A T20 specialist who also has experience playing in the Indian Premier League with Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals, Lumb has the knowledge of what it takes to deliver on the big stage.
Nevertheless, with England’s seemingly set top three of Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Joe Root, and the emergence of James Vince, Lumb may need to smash many more runs to secure a seat on the plane to India.
After scoring 710 runs in England’s domestic competition last term, Vince impressed in the UAE during the 3-0 series whitewash against Pakistan. The Hampshire man scored 125 runs at an average of 41.66.
However, in staying behind to lead the England Lions against the UAE and the Pakistan A, Vince reached double figure only once in six knocks.
Lumb managed just 15 in a recent match against the Melbourne Stars but if he returns to the form he showed in the earlier stages of the competition, he will surely be knocking down the selectors' door once again.
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