Lyth signs new long-term deal with Tykes

Yorkshire's Adam Lyth celebrates winning the Division One County Championship trophy during day four of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. SSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 12, 2014. See PA story CRICKET Nottinghamshire. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Yorkshire's Adam Lyth celebrates winning the Division One County Championship trophy during day four of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. SSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 12, 2014. See PA story CRICKET Nottinghamshire. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Yorkshire and England Lions opening batsman Adam Lyth has signed a three-year contract extension, which will keep him at the Club until at least December 2018

The Scarborough News columnist is currently on tour with the England Lions in South Africa and after a sensational 2014, which saw him win every major domestic player of the year award alongside Yorkshire winning their 33rd County title, Lyth is looking forward to another successful campaign across all formats.

“I am delighted to be committing my long-term future to Yorkshire,” said Lyth, who scored 1,489 Championship runs last term topping the run scoring charts with an average of 67.68.

“It has been an incredible year for me and I just want to keep on improving. To play for this club is very special and to contribute to our recent success is why we play. I dream of winning trophies for Yorkshire and after winning the Championship, I firmly believe this will be first of many.”

With the Whitby-born opener playing the best cricket of his career, many in the game believe that Lyth is capable of reaching his potential and earning Test recognition in the next 12 months, which is an ambition he still wishes to fulfil.

“I have enjoyed playing with the England Lions this winter and I have a strong desire to play for England senior side, hopefully sooner rather than later,” added former Scarborough CC batsman Lyth.

“As a cricketer, you want to test yourself against the best. I would love to play for England. All I can do is work hard, continue to score runs and put myself in the minds of the selectors. I try not to think too much about that. All I want to do is play to my best and help Yorkshire continue to prosper.”

“It was really easy to get Adam (Lyth) signed up for the long-term,” said Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon.

“He wanted to extend his contract and be part of our plans over the next few years. Lythie has always had a lot of natural talent. What we are seeing now is a growing maturity about his batting. He is potentially close to an England call-up, which is testament to his ability as one of the country’s leading players.

“The way he adapts to different situations is his biggest strength. We have seen him play a number of quality innings where he has had to work hard and apply himself. His ability to accumulate big runs was a factor in his success and we can expect another big year from him in 2015.”