Whitby’s Adam Lyth faced the first ball of the 2015 Ashes series between bitter rivals England and Australia – but soon became the first victim.
In a rain-delayed start at Cardiff on Wednesday, Lyth (27) lasted eight minutes of his maiden test match against the Aussies.
He scored six, including a neat four, before he was expertly caught by David Warner off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.
Lyth then took to the field with his colleagues as the Whitby Gazette hit the press yesterday lunchtime, England having recovered from a poor start to score 430.
Lyth this week told fans on his official Facebook page that he felt “in great touch” prior to commencement of the first Test, and that “everything is in working order so hopefully I can get a few runs in the first innings to help us get off to a good start.”
The left hander added: “It’s going to be a fantastic experience for myself and one that I’m relishing.
“I will be taking the opening ball if we are batting first which is something I have dreamt of since I was a young boy growing up in Whitby.”
On the current form of the England team, he says: “We are going into the next six weeks in a really confident mood, English cricket at this minute in time is in a fantastic place and hopefully we can take the momentum the ODI squad has built into this Test series and hopefully we can start with a win.”
England made a ropey start with three early wickets falling but the turning point was when Lyth’s Yorkshire team-mate Joe Root was dropped by Oz wicket-keeper Brad Haddin on zero – he went on to make a defining century.