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Lumb covers Kieswetter absence

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Craig Kieswetter & Michael Lumb

Michael Lumb, right, has been called up to replace Craig Kieswetter - his opening partner in last year's World Twenty20

Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has been ruled out of England’s upcoming Twenty20 series against Australia due to an abscess and will undergo minor surgery.

The selectors have called up Hampshire batsman Michael Lumb, who is currently in Brisbane playing Twenty20 cricket with Queensland Bulls.

Lumb will join up with the England squad in Canberra ahead of the tour match against the Prime Minister's XI on Sunday.

The two-match Twenty20 series begins two days later in Adelaide with the second match being played at the MCG on January 14.

Lumb will then return to Queensland for the remainder of the Australian domestic competition.

Kieswetter is expected to be fully fit ahead of the England Lions tour of the West Indies beginning at the end of the month.

ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: "It is unfortunate that Craig has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series but, having performed well during his time with the England Performance Programme this winter, he will have an opportunity to make a full recovery and then continue to push for further international honours when he tours with England Lions later this month.

Michael Lumb has already demonstrated his ability in Twenty20 cricket and it is good to have him back playing cricket again after a long-term injury. We are delighted to be able to call a player of his calibre into the squad."

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