Whitby cricketer Adam Lyth has told the Whitby Gazette how proud he is to win a call-up to the England squad for their tour of the West Indies.
Lyth (27) was told of his inclusion by England chairman of selectors James Whittaker on Tuesday night – and immediately rang home to relay the good news.
I’m looking forward to the trip and it is a great honour to be selected’Adam Lyth
Speaking from Dubai, where his county side Yorkshire are on a pre-season tour, Lyth (27) told the Gazette on Wednesday: “I was over the moon and it is a dream come true.
“All the hard work has paid off to be selected.
“I phoned my wife, and mum and dad last night and a few tears down the other end of the phone, they were very proud.”
Lyth, also a Whitby Gazette columnist, was the top scorer in division one of the LV= County Championship last summer for Yorkshire, making 1,489 runs and scoring six centuries
Despite admitting the England call-up came as a surprise, Lyth feels he has worked hard to nail down his place and is now relishing the challenge of securing a place in one of the Test matches.
“I cannot wait to fly out there with the squad,” he said.
“Hopefully I can impress the captain and coach in the nets.
“I’m looking forward to the trip and it is a great honour to be selected.”
England play three Tests in the Caribbean next month, where they will hope to shake off the ignominy of their woeful World Cup campaign.
Lyth has spent part of the winter with the England Lions and will now be involved in a T20 tournament with the Tykes out in the Middle East.