Queensland sign up England`s Lumb for Big Bash

Melbourne: Queensland have signed up England`s World Cup winning Twenty20 specialist Michael Lumb in place of Andrew Flintoff for Australia`s inaugural "Big Bash" tournament in January.

The eight-team interstate tournament is an attempt by Australia`s cricket bosses to replicate the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 league and rejuvenate cricket in the country.

South African-born lefthanded batsman Lumb, who has also played in the IPL, took part in all of England`s matches at the Twenty20 World Cup before breaking his leg in August.

England all-rounder Flintoff retired from all forms of cricket because of injury in September.

"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," Queensland coach Trevor 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."

Bureau Report