ADAM LYTH: Award wins cap a brilliant summer

Adam Lyth's final column of 2014
Adam Lyth's final column of 2014

A brilliant summer for me personally as a player and for the team is now getting even better.

Yesterday I collected the PCA Cricketer of the Year award, which is a massive honour.

To be recognised by your peers is the ultimate accolade in my eyes, it certainly has been a season to remember.

On Tuesday I also won the William Hill CWC championship player of the year award at the Cricket Writer’s Club awards lunch in London, with my fellow opener Alex Lees winning the young cricketer of the year award.

I am very proud of getting these awards and it has been a great year.

The call-up to the England Performance Programme, and the possibility of then being selected for the England Lions tour in South Africa in January is also a great honour.

The young players who have recently moved into the England Test team have often proved their worth in Lions matches, so hopefully I will get the chance to impress over there in the new year.

We set off for the EPP coaching in Sri Lanka on November 21, so at the moment I am enjoying a rest from cricket for a while, but if all goes well it could be a very busy winter for me, which is exactly what you want as a professional sportsman, it is our job after all.

The chance to train alongside the best young cricketers in the country is one I am delighted to have been given, the competition for places will be fierce but I will do my best to take my County Championship format into the South African matches, then hopefully this will put me on the right track for a Test call-up.

It would not be the first time I have played in South Africa as I toured there with England under-17s and also with Yorkshire in pre-season tours, so I have some experience of the conditions and the pitches, but it is always great to test yourself against new opponents.

Despite all these personal accolades I think my highlight of the summer definitely is the County Championship win with Yorkshire.

As a Yorkshire lad born and bred, and most of us in the team are, it is something you dream of achieving when you are a youngster.

There is such a strong team spirit among all the lads at the moment, the dressing room is a great place to be.

Looking towards next year we are already setting our sights on retaining the title and also making it to either of the limited-overs finals.

We are not happy with just settling for this year’s success and we want to take it on and the great thing at Yorkshire at the moment is that every time a player moves up to play for England it gives an opportunity for another player in our very talented squad.

Most counties would be weakened severely by call-ups to the Test, ODI or t20 squads, but anyone stepping up at Yorkshire views it as an opportunity to impress.