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Michael Lumb

Michael Lumb has struggled in the Friends Provident t20, but returned to form against Kent in the Clydesdale Bank 40 yesterday

Hampshire team manager Giles White must decide whether to stick with a winning team or recall World Twenty20 winner Michael Lumb for the Royals' Friends Provident t20 quarter-final against Warwickshire Bears at Edgbaston today at 4.40pm.

The England opening batsman’s poor form saw him miss out on Hampshire's last six FP t20 group matches. However, his fifty in yesterday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over Kent pressed his claim for a t20 recall.

Hampshire are without captain Dimitri Mascarenhas and wicketkeeper Nic Pothas, who were last week ruled out for the season through injury.

Dominic Cork continues to stand in as skipper with Michael Bates behind the stumps.

Hampshire’s Kevin Pietersen and Warwickshire’s Jonathan Trott are on international duty while another England batsman, Ian Bell, is missing for the Bears due to a broken metatarsal.

Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams, Abdul Razzaq, Michael Lumb, Sean Ervine, Dominic Cork (captain), James Vince, Michael Carberry, Michael Bates (wicketkeeper), Danny Briggs, Chris Benham, Chris Wood, Neil McKenzie, Dan Christian, Hamza Riazzudin.

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell has recalled Australia fast bowler Dirk Nannes for today’s second quarter-final, at 7.25pm, when the Outlaws take on defending champions Sussex Sharks.

Nannes, who missed out in Notts’ final group game at home to Yorkshire, replaces fellow seamer Luke Fletcher in the only change.

Newell, who is without England pair Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, said: “We’re going into the game in a confident frame of mind because we’ve had a great week on the field.

“It’s a game we’re really looking forward to and the floodlights and knockout format will add to the excitement.

“Nothing will change tactically. We’ll need to maintain our fielding standards, back the bowlers and then it’s up to batsmen to perform.

“We’ll have a good chat about the strengths that Sussex possess but we have to concentrate on our own performance because we have played well at Trent Bridge throughout the competition.”

Nottinghamshire team: Alex Hales, Ali Brown, Matthew Wood, Samit Patel, David Hussey (captain), Steven Mullaney, Chris Read (wicketkeeper), Graeme White, Ryan Sidebottom, Darren Pattinson, Dirk Nannes.

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