It’s good to be back for Hampshire ace Lumb

Hampshire's Michael Lumb in action batting
Hampshire's Michael Lumb in action batting
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Michael Lumb is ready to take out his IPL frustrations on some unsuspecting opposition bowlers after returning to boost Hampshire.

The powerful left-hander was considered as one of the hottest properties in t20 cricket 18 months ago as he helped England to ICC World t20 glory in the West Indies.

But it’s been different this time for Lumb who was selected for just one game of the Deccan Chargers’ IPL campaign.

While he admits it was hard not playing, he spent time working alongside team-mate and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and is raring to go.

He said: ‘It was obviously frustrating not getting as much game time as I would have liked but that’s the nature of it out there.

‘But I utilised my time, worked on my game and worked with Sanga quite a bit so there were some positives.

‘I’ve had a lot of time in the nets, a lot of time to work on my fitness and get my body right.

‘When you’re not playing, you think you could be playing for another side but you look around the IPL and there were a lot of good players sat on the bench.

‘I would have liked to be playing here but if you ask a few of the guys if they would like the opportunity to play IPL, I don’t think there would be too many turning it down.

‘I’m back now and ready to give it my all.’

Lumb, who was absent through injury on finals day last season, believes the team have every chance of defending their title.

He said: ‘We’ve got big hitters down the order and we’ve got the spin options covered.

‘Things haven’t been going as well as we would have liked but this is a fresh start.

‘Hopefully we can turn things around. Shahid Afridi and Imran Tahir are here now and we’ve got the players to do it.’