I’m a long way off Eng­land re­call, ad­mits Lyth

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET - CHRIS WA­TERS

ADAM LYTH sent a timely re­minder to the se­lec­tors as the na­tional side con­tin­ues to strug­gle.

On a day when Eng­land crashed to a nine-wicket de­feat against Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s, Lyth scored an un­beaten 132 for York­shire at Le­ices­ter­shire in the One-Day Cup.

Al­though the 50-over for­mat is different to Test cricket, the mes­sage came through loud and clear. This man can play and he could yet of­fer much at the high­est level, with Mark Stone­man hav­ing failed to con­vince in Lyth’s pre­vi­ous role as Test match opener.

“I’m a long way off playing Test cricket as we speak, but, hope­fully, a few more runs like that, and you never know,” said Lyth, who has not rep­re­sented his coun­try since playing seven Tests against New Zealand and Aus­tralia in 2015.

“I’ve felt in good nick all sea­son with­out hav­ing quite got the big score I was looking for, so I’m over the moon to get this hun­dred.

“I’ve started well in re­cent games but not gone on and got a big score, which is why this was such a big knock for me.

“Ga­ley (first team coach An­drew Gale) spoke to me this morn­ing and said that 30s aren’t quite good enough, which I to­tally agree with, and thank­fully I got the bit be­tween my teeth on this oc­ca­sion and got a hun­dred.” This was Lyth’s fourth hun­dred in one-day cricket, an in­nings brim­ming with class and com­po­sure.

The 30-year-old seems to en­joy bat­ting at Grace Road, where he car­ried his bat for 248 in a County Cham­pi­onship match in 2012.

“It was prob­a­bly my best knock in a run-chase for York­shire,” said Lyth, whose in­nings fell just short of his one-day ca­reer-best 136 against Lan­cashire at Old Traf­ford in 2016.

“Over the last few years we’ve not been the best chas­ing side, but I thought the way we went about our busi­ness to­day was sec­ond to none.”

York­shire will have Eng­land all-rounder David Wil­ley back for Wed­nes­day’s match at Derby af­ter his Chen­nai Su­per Kings team won the In­dian Pre­mier League.

Wil­ley did not play in the game as Chen­nai beat Kane Wil­liamson’s Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad by eight wick­ets.

ADAM LYTH: Scored an un­beaten 132 as York­shire chased down vic­tory at Leicester.

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