Cricket

Ashes victory could be bittersweet for Adam Lyth

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

The 2015 Ashes series was largely a success for England, albeit it a nightmare for programmers on Sky Sports. With no Test going the full five days and the result never in doubt by the end of the second day (in the case of Trent Bridge, the match was decided after 20 overs) we saw more rearranging on TV guide than in the Australian batting line-up.

But England fans didn't mind watching extra episodes of 'Cricket's Greatest' or 'The Search for Sachin.' As long as Broad, Anderson and company were taking wickets, and Joe Root continued to flay Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground, there were no complaints. As long as the Ashes were once again in England's hands, no one much cared how they got there. No one really spares a thought for poor old Adam Lyth.

The Yorkshireman is the last in a long conveyor belt of opening batsman England have experimented with since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012. And of all of them Lyth seemed to struggle more than most, only averaging better than Jonathan Trott as Alastair Cook's batting partner. His only score of any significance was 107 against New Zealand and in the Ashes he failed to register anything above 37 at an average of 12.77.

SIGN UP NOW

Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

This from a man whose first class average is over 40. This from a man who has reached his half century 58 times and 16 of those times has gone on to reach three figures. It's one of the most frustrating sights in cricket as yet another good county batsman is reduced to a subpar international one. 

He is a good batsman, without doubt, but the step up from County Cricket to Test Cricket is much bigger than perhaps most people thought. This is the only explanation for why the Yorkshireman's form seems to have dropped off a cliff.

Article continues below

Struggles 

Perhaps the big occasion got to him. Opening the batting for England in the oldest sporting rivalries in the world, comes with a great deal of pressure, as captain Alistair Cook will tell you. In his first Ashes series he averaged 27, only marginally better than Lyth. Although Cook had proved his competence in previous series, Lyth was only given two matches to settle into Test Cricket before the big event. Were Lyth's chances as an international player ruined by mere timing?

Whatever the reason Lyth will be disappointed with his performance, because he will feel like his failures are his own fault. But if he is ever going to get back into the England side, one which is still short of a permanent opening batsman, he has to trust his own ability and get back to the business of run-scoring at his county. 

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
England cricket
Cricket

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again