SCARBOROUGH batsman Adam Lyth has expressed his delight after returning from his maiden international tour shadowing the successful Ashes winning squad in Australia with the England Performance Programme Squad.
The Yorkshire left hander is on course to have a bright future if he continues to progress at his current rate, with many in the national press tipping him for selection for the full England side sooner rather than later.
Lyth was in scintillating form with the bat for Yorkshire during the 2010 season, which won him a spot on the plane Down Under, where he managed to catch the eye even further with a classy century for the EPP side.
Upon his return from Australia, the promising young batsman received further signs of the admiration the England selectors hold for him when he was handed a seat on the plane to the Caribbean for the England Lions tour that gets under way next month.
But Lyth is keen to take it all in his stride and concentrate all his efforts on continuing his form at the crease.
Lyth said: “Going on the tour was a great experience for me.
“Doing the drinks at the GABA was a great thing to do and to take in the atmosphere of an Ashes Test was a great experience.
“I managed to do well in the games I played in too and to get a century in Australia is a big achievement for me.
“To be in and around a successful Ashes squad was great as well. Just to be there while the Ashes were going on and to take in the atmosphere was brilliant.
“But to be around the squad and to see how they look after themselves and how they go about their business was superb.
“It is something that I will never forget. It was great.”
Lyth also paid tribute to his Yorkshire team-mate Tim Bresnan, who broke into the team for the final two Tests and put in two fine displays that helped Andrew Strauss’ men retain the highly coveted Urn.
He added: “I’m really pleased for Tim. He puts a lot of work into his game and puts 100 per cent in on the pitch too and he has taken his chance really well.”
Lyth is starting to look forward to what could be a big 2011 for him as he looks to take the next step in his already memorable short career.
He added: “I’ve just got to keep doing well with the bat.
“Starting with the Lions tour and then with Yorkshire when I get back in March, then we’ll see what happens after that.”