I need to score big runs for Yorkshire - Adam Lyth

Adam Lyth knows he needs to score runs for Yorkshire to stay in the England side
Adam Lyth knows he needs to score runs for Yorkshire to stay in the England side
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England opening batsman Adam Lyth acknowledges that he needs to get back to domestic cricket and score big runs in order to keep himself in contention for Test selection.

Lyth, who made a century in his second Test against New Zealand, had disappointing Ashes series, scoring just 115 runs from the five games.

Nevertheless, Lyth asserted that the experience of playing in the Ashes has only strengthened his desire to play more for England.

Admitting that his form with the bat left a lot to be desired, Lyth stated that he will be looking to implement the lessons learnt from the Ashes when he turns up for Yorkshire.

“This experience has made me hungrier, you don’t become a bad player overnight and you don’t in five games either," he wrote on his Facebook page.

“It’s been an incredible few weeks and now I’m an Ashes winner, nobody can take that away from me!

“It could have gone better on a personal note but that’s cricket and that can happen when you’re facing one of the best attacks in the world on testing pitches.

“Going forwards I have learnt a lot in this series and hopefully I can go back to Yorkshire, score some runs and help them with the County Championship.” 

On pitches that were aiding fast bowlers, Lyth was often caught playing away from his body, a trait Australia used to their advantage.

Unable to pinpoint a single reason for his failure, Lyth confessed that his shot selection against a quality bowling attack, was not up to the mark.

“I can’t really put my low scores down to one thing.

“The Aussies have bowled well in testing conditions, I have copped some decent balls but I’ve played some bad shots which I’m disappointed about but that’s cricket and you go through spells like that.” 

England captain, Alastair Cook, was very supportive of Lyth during the Ashes, something which the 27-year-old is very grateful for.

Lyth promised that he will be giving his best to make his case for selection in the winter session, but conceded that everything was not in his hands.

“It really does mean a hell of a lot that the captain, coach and selectors have stuck with me and hopefully they will continue to do that but I have to do my job which is scoring runs.

“I will be doing everything within my powers to do that and then you never know what will happen over the winter.

“I don’t really pay attention to people talking about who will open in the UAE with Alastair Cook, it’s completely out of my hands who the selectors pick.

“I know exactly what I have to do and that is score big runs for Yorkshire, it’s as simple as that.” 

Lyth’s Yorkshire team-mate, Gary Ballance, found himself out of contention when he was replaced in the squad by Jonny Bairstow after the defeat at Lord’s.

Going back to Yorkshire, Ballance has been in a good form, scoring two fifties and a hundred, from seven one-day games and two first-class games.

Predicting that it is only a matter of time before Ballance will be back playing Test cricket for England, Lyth said: “Look at Gary Ballance, he has gone back, worked on his game and now he is seeing the rewards of that by scoring heavily.

“I know it won’t be long until Gaz (Ballance) is back in the Test side.” 

Yorkshire, last season’s winners of the LV= County Championship, are currently at the top of the table in Division One.

Winning eight out of the 12 games played so far, Yorkshire are yet to lose in four-day cricket this season.

Declaring that Yorkshire can be champions again if they carry on playing like they have done so far, Lyth is looking forward to playing for his county team.

“It would be amazing if we could lift the Championship trophy again, there is a lot of cricket to be played but if we can continue playing the cricket we have been so far this year I could be an Ashes winner and be part of a back-to-back County Championship side!”

England’s next Test assignment is in the UAE against Pakistan, where both the teams have a chance to become the second ranked team with a 3-0 win.

© Cricket World 2015