Ashes-winning captain backs Lyth to succeed

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FORMER England and Yorkshire cricket star Michael Vaughan has backed Whitby’s Adam Lyth to still make it onto the international stage despite his disappointing season so far.

Lyth (23) was the first batsmen to race to 1,000 runs last season but he has not been able to reproduce that sparkling form.

But former England captain Vaughan believes Lyth, who made his Yorkshire debut against Hampshire back in September 2006, is good enough to succeed.

“He’s doing okay. The big second year is always difficult and it hasn’t come off for him so far.

“But there is still a long way to go this season and he can look to get a really strong finish.”

In 16 innings so far in the LV County Championship’s top tier, Lyth has managed 405 runs which includes four half centuries, the best being a 69 against Durham.

The left-hander’s average of 27 is in stark contrast to last season where his 29 first class innings yielded 1,509 runs at an average of just over 52, including three centuries and nine 50s.

His career best knock so far came last season when he notched 142, followed by a 93, against Somerset last season.

Vaughan - who led England to victory in the famous Ashes series of 2005 added: “I think Adam could do with a winter in Australia - find a team and be their overseas player.

“He has the talent and ability but there has to be more than that - he has to think about his game.

“He really does have an opportunity as Andrew Strauss cannot go on for ever so Adam should be looking to take his chance.”

And Lyth will be hoping for a change in fortunes on home turf as Yorkshire begin their county championship match against Worcestershire at Scarborough’s North Marine Road on Monday (11 July).