England news September 25, 2015

Lyth vows to come back stronger

ESPNcricinfo staff

Adam Lyth has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on England's upcoming tour of the UAE but has vowed to come back stronger next season.

Lyth, who was also overlooked for an ECB central contract, plans to take a break from cricket until January, and reflect on a year in which he played seven Tests, scored a maiden Test century against New Zealand on his home ground at Headingley, helped Yorkshire to retain their County Championship title, but averaged 12.77 as Alastair Cook's opening partner during the Ashes.

"Winning the Ashes is fantastic and winning the County Championship is great, but on a personal note my [lack of] runs has been disappointing and something I can learn from next season and beyond," Lyth told Sky Sports.

"The highs were getting my cap and getting a hundred, that will stay with me forever. The latter part of the season has been tough but that's international cricket. Hopefully I'll come back stronger.

"I'm massively disappointed, I wanted to play for England as long as possible, and I still believe I am good enough to come back and do well in international cricket. Everyone here at Yorkshire has given me a lot of confidence going forward."

Adam Lyth's Test century at Headingley was followed by a poor Ashes series © Getty Images

Despite his lack of runs for England, Lyth has been praised for his attitude and application during the Ashes by his England team-mate Stuart Broad.

"I think Adam Lyth's got something," Broad told ESPNcricinfo. "He's a guy whose temperament didn't change throughout the series whether he was doing well, whether he'd scored runs or not. He was desperate for the team to win and was always pushing the team forward. That's a huge pat on the back and a characteristic for him to have.

"It's probably not been a settled opening partnership since Straussy retired, but it's a tough place to bat," Broad added. "I thought Adam Lyth got a fantastic hundred at Headingley earlier in the year and he's faced some fantastic bowling. [Mitchell] Starc, [Mitchell] Johnson, [Tim] Southee, [Trent] Boult, they are tough competitors with that new ball."

"I enjoy playing with Adam Lyth, he's a fantastic prospect who's scored a lot of Championship runs to get in the position he has."

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