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Lumb lands England call-up

Flintoff and Pietersen both included in preliminary squad

Lumb: Impressive form in 2009

Michael Lumb is the surprise name in England's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.

The Hampshire left-hander has been included after a series of impressive performances this summer, including hitting 76 in the Friends Provident Trophy semi-final success over Lancashire.

Kent opener Joe Denly and Essex all-rounder Graham Napier, who was in England's squad for the ICC World Twenty20 but did not feature, are the other uncapped players.

Andrew Flintoff, who will retire from Test cricket at the end of the current Ashes series, is also amongst the list of names.

There is also a place for Kevin Pietersen, with the batsman scheduled for a mid-September return to action following surgery on his right Achilles tendon.

Opportunity

"The ICC Champions Trophy is an opportunity for the England one-day side to compete for a global trophy and we are confident we have the talent to make a strong claim," national selector Geoff Miller said.

"We have an exciting blend of youth and experience in this preliminary squad and we'll continue to watch the limited overs form of all players involved over the coming month.

"With the exception of Hampshire's Michael Lumb, who has been in excellent form for his county this year, each member of this preliminary squad has experienced playing for England on the international stage.

"It is pleasing to see such genuine competition for places as we look to half the squad later next month."

England will name their final 15-man squad for the event in South Africa on August 23.

England provisional 30-man squad for September's Champions Trophy in South Africa:
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gareth Batty (Worcestershire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Alastair Cook (Essex), Steven Davies (Worcestershire), Joe Denly (Kent), Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire), James Foster (Essex), Stephen Harmison (Durham), Ed Joyce (Sussex), Robert Key (Kent), Michael Lumb (Hampshire), Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire), Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Graham Napier (Essex), Graham Onions (Durham), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).