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Lumb extends Notts stay

Michael Lumb will pass up the chance to return to the Indian Premier League after signing a new contract with Nottinghamshire.

The England Twenty20 opener has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the county he joined in 2012 from Hampshire and, having played for both Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers in the IPL, is now focused on the longer format domestically.

“I’ve played in the IPL and I feel as though I’ve ticked that off my list and now I want to win more trophies with Nottinghamshire,” said Lumb.

“The four-day game is the pinnacle of country cricket and I take pride in my responsibility to contribute consistently as a senior player.”

Director of cricket Mick Newell added: “Michael has become a key figure for us in all formats and we were very keen to secure his commitment with an extended contract.

“The IPL was a factor in the negotiations but it was clear that his ambitions were identical to the aims of the squad and his batting will be important in enabling us to achieve them.”

Notts have reached agreements allowing Samit Patel and Alex Hales to seek IPL deals, with Australian Phil Jaques signing a short-term deal as cover for the early weeks of the LV= County Championship season.

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