Adam Lyth, the talented Yorkshire opener is set to make his Test debut for England. The 27 year old will open alongside skipper Alastair Cook, in the upcoming test series against New Zealand. Lyth was named in the 12-man squad of England that is set to host the visiting Kiwi side.
Lyth will be replacing Jonathan Trott, who recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Trott had a disastrous comeback series against the West Indies in Carribean. Trott struggled viciously against the hosts and a poor string of scores to his name meant that he announced his retirement.
England’s opening woes have been present for a very long time now. Since 2012, the English have tried and tested several batsmen to partner Cook, but not a single one has managed to grab onto the spot. The likes of Nick Compton, Joe Root, Michael Carberry, Sam Robson and Jonathan Trott were given a run. However, none of them could make a positive impression.
Lyth though is extremely talented and has scored heavily for Yorkshire. Andrew Strauss, the recently appointed director of England cricket would be hoping that Lyth does well.
James Whitaker, the selector of England was quoted saying, “Adam Lyth has waited patiently for an opportunity with England. He fully deserves his chance to cement a place in the side at the top of the order.”