Lumb hopes success will come to Notts
Michael Lumb is hoping to put an end to his injury nightmare by continuing to thrive in a “winning environment” at Nottinghamshire.
Things could not have appeared brighter for the left-hander in 2010 when, having been a surprise inclusion in the squad, he helped England win the World Twenty20.
Heading back to Hampshire for the domestic season in the aftermath of that success, Lumb would have been forgiven for expecting to shine further.
However, things then went awry as he sustained a broken foot at the hands, ironically, of Craig Kieswetter, with whom he formed a successful opening partnership as England claimed their first victory in an ICC event.
The incident happened when Lumb was stopping a ball hit by Kieswetter, after which he missed the majority of last season through another injury.
“It has been a long time with injuries and stuff,” he told ecb.co.uk. “It has been frustrating, but it has been good to come out of the other end and get back on the field.
“Being in Division One was one of the reasons for making the move, but it was more about the club and the place itself.
“There is a winning environment here; they are a winning team with good people.”
Lumb’s last point has been evident at the start of Nottinghamshire’s LV= County Championship campaign.
Having beaten Worcestershire by 92 runs, they headed for what seemed a tricky challenge at Emirates Durham ICG.
Their victory - a 114-run success - in that encounter was more emphatic, adding weight to Lumb’s prediction that the county will challenge this year.
“I think the squad is strong enough to be challenging on all fronts,” he added. “If you look across the squad, there is a good mix of youth and experience.
“I will be pretty disappointed if we don’t challenge in all fairness. I think we definitely have the potential to bring a few trophies back.”
Should Nottinghamshire achieve their aims this season, one suspects Lumb will have had a major impact at Trent Bridge.
He is certainly hoping that is the case, especially with the desire to once again represent England burning more than ever.
“I am hoping to get back into England colours,” he admitted. “It would be nice to get back in, but the runs look after themselves.
“The selectors, coach and captain know what I can do, so hopefully I can go out there, get some runs on the board and put my name in the hat.”
With England's defence of their World T20 crown coming in September, Lumb could hardly wish for a better time to be fully fit.