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Full name Adam Lyth
Born September 25, 1987, Whitby, Yorkshire
Current age 27 years 30 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast, Right-arm offbreak
Education Caedmon School; Whitby Community College
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Loughborough UCCE at Leeds, May 16-18, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Hampshire at Leeds, Sep 17, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, Aug 28, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Durham v Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street, Jun 24, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Leeds, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|10, 0/8, 51||Yorkshire||v Somerset||Leeds||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|122||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|0/4, 251, 1/37||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|0/7, 28||Yorkshire||v Durham||Leeds||28 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/27, 21||Yorkshire||v Hampshire||Southampton||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/9, 3, 0/3, 39*||Yorkshire||v Sussex||Scarborough||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|67*||Yorkshire||v Derbyshire||Scarborough||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|38||Yorkshire||v Essex||Scarborough||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/8, 13||Yorkshire||v Leics||Leicester||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|14||Yorkshire||v Worcs||Leeds||7 Aug 2014||LA|
Adam Lyth is an opening batsman in the modern mould - happy to attack the new ball with an array of shots. His real breakthrough season came in 2010 as he jumped out of the starting blocks, scoring so heavily there were thoughts he could reach 1000 Championship runs before the end of May. He narrowly missed out but soon made his first Roses hundred, off 122 balls, as his standing continued to rise.
There was even talk of him receiving a shock call up for England's 2010-11 Ashes series but it was wide of the mark and while Lyth's career became characterised both by exhilarating strokeplay and careless dismissals it was the more dependable approach of his county colleague Joe Root whose international star rose.
International call-up may still be a while away but Lyth has long been marked down as a player of genuine potential. He made his first-team debut for Yorkshire aged 19 in a Pro40 match against Hampshire 2006 and a first-class debut the next season. In 2008 his 645 runs in 14 games was enough to earn him a him a three-year deal with Yorkshire and a place playing grade cricket in Adelaide as part of the ECB's Scholarship Programme. What should have been a solid follow-up season in 2009 was thrown into uncertainty as he was shafted up and down the order and in and out the side due to Michael Vaughan's campaign to win an England call-up before the Ashes. He only played four Championship games and averaged a lowly 31.42.
The winter's break and a new regime at Yorkshire, under Andrew Gale, clearly invigorated Lyth but the challenge of maintaining the standards he set in 2010 proved a difficult one. After his 1,509 first-class runs in 2010 he lost his place the following season.
He continued to find runs hard to come by in 2012, at least initially, advancing the belief that for all his exhilarating strokeplay, he suffered too many soft dismissals. But then, almost out of the blue, at Leicester in July, he not only completed his first first-class century for more than two years but turned it into his first double hundred, ending on 248 not out. It was the highest score by any Yorkshire batsman to carry his bat through an innings in the county's history. He was the only Yorkshire player to be picked for all 16 Championship matches in 2013, but 730 runs did not altogether reward such loyalty as he continued to thrill and frustrate in equal measure.
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