Thursday 19 March 2015 10:57, UK
Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth is hoping to make his mark after being selected in the England squad for the three-Test series against the West Indies.
The 27-year-old left-hander looks set to compete with the recalled Jonathan Trott for the opening berth alongside skipper Alastair Cook.
Lyth has played 101 first-class matches for Yorkshire and has earned his call-up after making 1,619 first-class runs last season at an average of 70.39.
The experienced Trott, 33, has been tipped to partner Cook, but Lyth told Sky Sports News HQ: “I’ve not heard anything as yet so hopefully in the nets and a few of the warm-up games I can impress and hopefully get some runs to maybe get selected.
“Last year was a very good year for myself and I got recognition for the England Lions and obviously impressed the coaching staff on that trip. I am very pleased with the call-up and very, very proud.
“I’m not young any more, but obviously I am quite experienced and if I do get the nod I think I can do a good job.”
Lyth is one of six Yorkshire players in the England squad and he will come up against Cook when the county champions play the MCC in Abu Dhabi, starting on Sunday.
“He (Cook) is going to be watching, probably from slip, so hopefully I can impress him, get a few runs and hopefully we can do well out here,” said Lyth.
The Whitby-born batsman is also delighted to be part of the large Yorkshire contingent heading to the Caribbean.
He added: “Yorkshire have had a good couple of seasons and I think it is a great testament to the club with five out of the six having come through the academy, so the work that Ian Dews and Ricky Damms have done has obviously paid off.
“It’s great news for Yorkshire and hopefully the lads can do very well.”
Watch England’s series with West Indies, starting with the first Test in Antigua from Monday, April 13, live on Sky Sports 2.