LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 24 July 2009 39 NIGHTMARE PITCHbREAkING NEwS... England call up Lumb for Trophy squad HAMPSHIRES Michael Lumb was the only uncapped player named today in Englands 30-man preliminary squad for Septembers Champions Trophy in South Africa. The 29-year-old (below) has been in splendid form this season -- particularly in the Twenty20 and Friends Provident Trophy. Andrew Flintoff and the injured Kevin Pietersen are also named in a squad which will be cut to 15 by 23 August. ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: The ICC Champions Trophy is an opportunity for the England one- day side to compete for a global trophy. We have an exciting blend of youth and experience in this preliminary squad and well continue to watch the limited overs form of all the players involved over the coming month. themselves 48-2 against the side cur- rently fifth in the second division of the County Championship. Aussie pace legend Jeff Thompson addedtohisnationswoesbyissuingthis damningassessmentof thecurrentstate of the national side. Hesaid:Ourblokesarenowunderthe pump because they were cocky and complacent. Ricky Ponting has got his work cut out to avoid going down in his- tory as a two-time loser of the Ashes. In all, England have won 22 of the 43 Tests played at Edgbaston, drawing 13 and losing only eight. Australia captain Ponting admits: Its not ideal, but weve still got three games to go. Weve got some fine-tuning to do on our skills. Dont Lee-n on me says crocked brett BRETT LEE has conceded he will be unavailable for the third Test next week and is instead focusing on a potential return in the fourth Test at Leeds. Lee had hoped to recover from his side strain in time for next Thursday, but the selectors chose not to rush him back and he will sit out of this weekends tour match in Northampton. Id be lying if I said I was available for the third Test because its going to be very, very tight, Lee told the Australian. I dont want to put the team in jeopardy because there is a chance something might happen. Its not a great outcome if Im out there bowling and I tear it again. The way Im looking now Im focused on aiming for the fourth Test and making sure Im right. Even if this is a three or four-week injury, thats three or four weeks before you start bowling. Then youve got your preparation time after that. A batsman can come straight back in and bat but a bowler has to build up pace again. Paul order: Collingwood may be asked to bat up the order with Kevin Pietersen out Hussey: Colly wont wobble in new post AUSTRALIAS joy at Kevin Pietersens injury KO has been tempered in the knowledge that in Paul Collingwood England have a man for all seasons, according to Mike Hussey. The Aussie batsman, who captains his side in the three-day game against Northants which started this morning, admits the Aussie camp were given a boost by the news that Pietersen will miss the rest of the series. But Collingwood, who is tipped to move up the order after KP was ruled out of the rest of the series, is capable of adapting to a new role. He said: Collingwood is generally one of those cricketers who are excellent at working out the situation they are in and adapting to it. Hes done that in one-day cricket and Im sure he wouldnt have a problem if he was asked to move up the order in the next Test. On Pietersens injury-enforced absence he added: They are obviously going to miss him, hes been a quality batsman over a long period of time for them. It is a boost for us because he is a quality player who has done well against Australia before. He is probably the linchpin of that batting order and for him not to be there has got to be a plus for us. by james goldman H preliminary Champions Trophy squad andrew strauss, James anderson, Gareth Batty, ian Bell, ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, stuart Broad, paul Collingwood, alastair Cook, steve davies, Joe denly, andrew Flintoff, James Foster, stephen harmison, ed Joyce, rob Key, michael lumb, sajid mahmood, dimitri mascarenhas, eoin morgan, Graham napier, Graham onions, Kevin pietersen, matt prior, adil rashid, owais shah, ryan sidebottom, Graeme swann, Jonathan Trott, luke Wright.