Bridgetown: England batsman Michael Lumb, who joins a growing list of South African-raised players to represent the Three Lions, insists he always supported England as a boy and also has a cricket heritage that could not be more English.
"Dad met my mum while he was playing in South Africa. I was born in Johannesburg, but then went to live in England for the first five years of my life before dad retired and we went back to South Africa," The Sun quoted Lumb, as saying.
"I feel English, no doubt. We always had that in the family when I was growing up. Dad and me were cheering on England whether it was football, rugby or cricket. That was always the way," he added.
Lumb, who will be making his England debut today when he plays in the Twenty20 World practice match against Bangladesh, further said that he belongs to the shortest version of the game and will be in his usual aggressive role for the tournament.
"Twenty20 suits my style of play, which is aggressive and hard-hitting. I try to go hard from the start. That`s been my role for Hampshire and in the IPL. If I do end up opening the batting in this tournament, that`s what I`ll go out and do," Lumb said.
"We have a really powerful batting line-up. Kevin Pietersen came into a bit of form at the back end of the IPL, which is good, while Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter are strong players. Paul Collingwood is one of the best in the world," he added.