Adam Lyth played a pivotal role in Yorkshire’s triumphant county campaign in 2014, capturing the attention of both England supporters and selectors. His adept and mature batting skills swiftly positioned him as a strong contender for an opening role in the Test team. However, Lyth is far from a newcomer when it comes to amassing substantial runs. He commenced his first-class journey in 2007 and had a breakthrough season in 2010, accumulating over 1500 runs, which placed him among the candidates for the 2010-11 Ashes series. Although that opportunity eluded him, he persevered through leaner years in 2011 and 2012, maintaining his potential as a player.
Notably, he was the lone player selected for every Yorkshire match in 2013. The turning point arrived in his performances throughout the 2014 domestic season, during which he amassed more than 1400 runs. This outstanding feat earned him numerous accolades and secured him a place in England’s Test squad for the West Indies. His Test debut, however, did not materialize during that tour. It was only following Jonathan Trott’s retirement, after an unsuccessful return as an opener, that Lyth finally received his maiden Test cap in the series against New Zealand in 2015.