Hampshire and England opening batsman Michael Lumb has signed the Sydney Sixers as their first overseas signing for the inaugural season of the new KFC T20 Big Bash League.
Lumb, a hard hitting left-handed opener, opened the batting for England in T20 World Cup, where they lifted the trophy by beating Australia in the final in Barbados in May, 2010. He played in all seven matches in the tournament, scoring 137 runs at a strike rate of 141.23.
Lumb, who played for Queensland in last year’s KFC Big Bash, is delighted to play in the new KFC T20 Big Bash League.
“I must really thank Stuart for the chance to represent the Sydney Sixers in the new KFC T20 Big Bash League.”
“I really enjoyed my experience in Australia last season, and it will be a pleasure to run out at the SCG as part of a really strong side. It is a superb ground and I can’t wait to get the chance to play there with the Sixers.”
Stuart Clark is also delighted to have Lumb in the squad.
“Michael is a proven player in this form of the game and showed with his performances for England in the T20 World Cup that he knows how to perform on the big stage.”
“He will bring some great hitting ability at the start of the innings, and provide us with the sort of overall experience in this form of the game that will be invaluable to the squad.”
New South Wales all-rounder Dominic Thornely and Sydney University all-rounder Ian Moran have also been inlcuded in the squad.
Thornely played in the KFC Big Bash last season for the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues, and is still one of the best First Grade players going around.
Ian Moran has been one of the best performed First Graders in recent years. As an opening bowler and top order bat with the Sydney University side, this will be a great opportunity for him to show his talent. The 31 one year old has previously represented Scotland in the English County one day competition.
Sixers General Manager Stuart Clark is pleased with the group of players that have been recruited.
“We have decided to only contract 16 players at this stage to leave room for some movement later in the year. We feel like we have a good mix of players both in terms of skills and experience, however, given that six months is a long time in cricket we didn’t feel the need to lock in a full 18 man squad just yet, as we wanted some room to move later on.”
Sydney Sixers squad: Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Ben Rohrer, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Ed Cowan, Nic Maddinson, Brett Lee, Patrick Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Shane Watson, Stephen O’Keefe, Brad Haddin, Michael Lumb, Dominic Thornely, Ian Moran.