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Shirin Sadikot in Johannesburg

I’ve done well, I cannot complain: Lumb

Golden Bat winner plays down his role but is delighted on Sixers’ CLT20 success

At 32, Michael Lumb has just produced perhaps, the biggest highlight of his 12-year career. With his consistent batting displays, he won the Golden Bat award and his team, the Sydney Sixers, won the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2012.

There’s a bit of romance in Lumb’s CLT20 success with the Sixers. He’s a South African-born England batsman who has helped an Australian club to the biggest T20 prize while playing in the place of his birth. But instead of seeing the romance, Lumb prefers to see the reality of his situation.

After guiding the Sixers to a 10-wicket win over the Highveld Lions in the final, with marauding 82* off 42 balls, Lumb was just glad to see the smile on the faces of his teammates. “It’s massive. I’m just so happy for all the boys. It’s been a great team effort,” he gushed.

Sydney Sixers’ performance in this tournament has been flawless, with wins in all six matches they’ve played. Lumb took us to the root of the team’s resurgence.

“We got written off in the beginning of the Big Bash last year and no one gave us a chance of winning it. But we went ahead and won it. That gave us a lot of confidence,” he said.

As their performance in CLT20 2012 reflects, the Sixers were the most balanced team in the tournament and most suited to the South African conditions. “We’ve got guys who can bowl quick and those who can take the pace off. The batsmen are used to the pacy wickets.

“We have a strong squad and have most bases covered. We knew that if the guys do their job on the day, we’ll be somewhere near the winning line,” said the opening batsman, who amassed 226 runs in six matches and was the highest run-getter of the tournament.

Of his own phenomenal run, all Lumb had to say was, “It’s gone nicely. I cannot complaint.” And neither do the Sydney Sixers!

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