Bulls bring in Lumb
The Queensland Bulls have signed England T20 specialist Michael Lumb for the Big Bash.
Last Updated: 10/11/10 9:51am
England Twenty20 specialist Michael Lumb has joined the Queensland Bulls for January's Big Bash competition.
The 30-year-old was one of the stars of England's ICC World Twenty20 victory last May before suffering a broken foot playing for Hampshire against Somerset.
Lumb also played for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League this year when he hit 278 runs in 11 games, with a highest score of 83 and a strike-rate of 144.79.
"It's going to be an amazing experience playing in Australia - I honestly can't wait," he said.
"I've come across lads like Ryan Harris and Andrew Symonds in the IPL and have had a good chat with (coach) Trevor Barsby, so the tournament can't come soon enough."
Barsby said the Bulls had originally tried to lure Andrew Flintoff, but after that fell through Lumb was an obvious candidate.
"When we learned that Andrew Flintoff was not going to be able to take up his contract with us, we looked at a few players that we felt would bring something special to our group," Barsby said.
"Having caught a few of his performances for England and Rajasthan, Michael was pretty well at the top of the list as far as I was concerned."
Queensland Cricket chief executive Graham Dixon confirmed Lumb will be available for the entire tournament, although he will be released should he be selected by England for their Twenty20 Internationals against Australia on January 12 and 14.
Lumb is the second Englishman to be confirmed for the competition - which runs from December 30 to February 5 - after Western Australia signed Lancashire fast bowler Sajid Mahmood.