Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Adam Lees have followed up their successful season with Yorkshire by hitting big at the Professional Cricketer’s’ Association Awards.
Lyth won County Championship ‘Player of the Year’, while his opening partner Lees was rewarded with the same in the younger category.
27-year-old Lyth – who last week revealed he turned down Manchester City FC to play for Yorkshire - was unsurprisingly one of the favourites prior to the ceremony, having scored nearly 1,500 runs this season, including six centuries.
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Lees, who managed 971 runs over the summer, proved himself capable at the very top of Division One, and both men were instrumental in the White Rose’s title-winning campaign, which was sealed with an innings victory over Notts.
Lyth in particular is now believed to be on the verge of an England Test call-up, but the future looks similarly bright for Lees, since both have been called up to the Three Lions’ ‘Performance Squad’.
The challenge then, for national head coach Peter Moores, would be fitting them into a top order already brimming with talent.
Alex Hales and Alistair Cook appear to have nailed down the opening spots in one days, but there could be an opportunity at number two in the Test side as Middlesex’s Sam Robson continues to struggle.
Further down, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, and Ian Bell are all virtually indispensable, and the former two, that was one again noted at the awards as they were both named in ‘Team of the Year’.
While it was nigh on inevitable that Yorkshire would take their fair share of awards, Lancashire raised a few eyebrows, with three of the Red Rose’s stars in the ‘Team of the Year’ despite their relegation.
However, apart from Tom Smith, Lancashire’s other two nominees were presumably recognised for their service with England as much as anything else. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler was called up to England duty midway through their series with India as a replacement for Matt Prior, who took a break away from international cricket due to injury.
Buttler’s Lancashire and England teammate James Anderson was the other big winner after being named in Team of the Year and being named ‘Test Player’ of what has admittedly been a mixed summer.
Team of the Year:
Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Daryl Mitchell (captain, Worcestershire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire and England), Joe Root, Gary Ballance (both Yorkshire and England), Tom Smith (Lancashire), Darren Stevens (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire and England), Jack Brooks (Yorkshire), Jeetan Patel (Warwickshire), James Anderson (Lancashire and England)