England Twenty20 opener Michael Lumb is tipping Test and one-day captain Alastair Cook to emerge from his form slump.
England T20 opener Michael Lumb has backed Test and one-day captain Alastair Cook to bounce back after yet another low score.
Cook’s disastrous tour continued on Tuesday against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra, where he was dismissed for just one by veteran paceman Brett Lee, one of Lumb’s teammates in the Sydney Sixers Big Bash side
The usually prolific left-hander averaged just 24.60 in his team’s five-test whitewash by England.
He has now scored just 19 runs in his four most recent innings across Test and one-day formats, failing to reach double figures in any of those digs.
“It’s obviously a tough time and tough place to tour,” Lumb said at Sixers training on Tuesday.
“He’s a hell of a player, so I’m sure he’ll bounce back really soon.”
Lumb is one of half a dozen players in England’s T20 squad for the three matches against Australia in late January and early February warming up for those games by playing in the BBL.
He leads the Sixers run aggregate and has posted quickfire half centuries in away wins in Adelaide and Brisbane.
The hard-hitting opener was looking forward to potentially going up against express paceman Mitchell Johnson, the scourge of England’s Test batting lineup.
“He’s obviously in some pretty good form , but I feel pretty good and it will be a good challenge facing him,” Lumb said
Lumb was hopeful England would go into the T20 games with at least one international win on the board, with four one-day games to go.
While he has copped some stick from his Sixers teammates over England’s woes, Lumb has at least one formidable ally in giant paceman Chris Tremlett, who has joined the franchise after being part of the vanquished Test squad.
“Safety in numbers, he’s a big guy, as well, so he can help out,” Lumb said.
“They don’t give him as much stick as they give me.”