Lyth still harbouring England ambitions

Whitbys Adam Lyth enjoyed a superb season with the bat for Yorkshire in 2016, and hes looking to hit the ground running again this summer
Whitbys Adam Lyth enjoyed a superb season with the bat for Yorkshire in 2016, and hes looking to hit the ground running again this summer

Whitby’s Adam Lyth hasn’t given up on making a return to England’s Test side as he steps up his preparations for the 2017 season with Yorkshire.

Lyth played seven Tests for England in 2015, scoring a disappointing 265 runs at an average of 20.38.

The left-handed opener admits he didn’t show his best during his short stint at the top of the England batting order, and would love to get another crack at conquering Test cricket.

“I didn’t do myself justice with England at all,” admits Lyth.

“I absolutely still have ambitions to play for England I definitely still believe that I’m good enough to do just that as well.

“Obviously (Haseeb) Hameed and (Keaton) Jennings are at the front of the queue right now and I have to be patient, score hundreds and match-winning runs for Yorkshire and just see what happens.”

Lyth enjoyed a superb year with the bat for the Tykes in 2016, and admits he needs to keep his focus on scoring runs across three formats for his county and the rest will take care of itself.

“My focus at the moment has to be 100% on Yorkshire,” added Lyth.

“I had a great season in 2016, scoring just under 2,000 runs, so I need to make sure I hit the ground running in 2017, kick on and perform again this year.

“I’m feeling really sharp and ready to get going now. The season will soon be here and I can’t wait to get started now”

Despite a host of changes at Headingley over the off-season as Andrew Gale retired to take up the departing Jason Gillespie’s role as coach, with Gary Ballance becoming Tykes skipper, Lyth believes both are sensible appointments that will promote continuity at the club.

“Both Galey and Gaz will be great appointments,” said Lyth.

“I was a little surprised when Galey retired to take up the coaching role, but it makes sense to me.

“He said he’d fallen out of love with the sport a bit at times last season, and you can already see that he’s got the hunger back and smile on his face.

“Him and Dizzy (Gillespie) worked very closely together over the last few years, so I’m sure he’ll picked an awful lot up in that time.

“I don’t know how much will change. I’m really pleased he’s been given this opportunity by the club.”

The Whitby man is also delighted that Ballance will be leading the side out this season.

“Gary Ballance is a great appointment as captain,” added Lyth.

“Things didn’t quite go according to plan for him with England, but I can only see him being a success as skipper.

“Gary has a great cricket brain, and Galey would quite often go to him for advice, so I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”

The objectives for the 2017 campaign are clear for Lyth.

“We need to win silverware,” he added.

“I’ll be disappointed if we don’t do just that this season.”