England opener Adam Lyth won’t let two below-par scores dent his self-confidence heading into the second Test at Headingley this week.
The former Scarborough batsman was dismissed for seven and 12 in the first Test, but the left-hander is adamant he has the ability to succeed at the highest level and is keen to showcase that belief in familiar surroundings.
Lyth told The Scarborough News: “It was fantastic to be involved in such a fantastic Test match, but from a personal perspective I’d have liked to have got a few more runs under my belt.
“Having said that, I’m pleased with how I’ve gone about my business.
“I am very confident in my ability to play at this level.
“I got an absolute jaffa in the first innings that I couldn’t have done anything with and maybe I could’ve left it alone in the second, but the slope at Lord’s makes things tricky.
“We’re 1-0 up in the series and have a great chance of going on to win it now.”
The opener is now hoping he can cement his Test credentials on his stamping ground at Headingley.
Lyth added: “We’re all looking forward to going to Headingley, nobody more so than myself.
“It’s a ground that I know very well and I’m hoping I can put on a show for my home fans.
“It’ll be key to see off their new ball attack and then cash in and that’s exactly what I’m planning on doing.”
Former Yorkshire assistant Paul Farbrace, who is currently in charge of the England side, has also given Lyth a vote of confidence.
“Paul has told me he’s pleased with the way I’ve gone about things,” Lyth said.
“There’s no pressure on me, I just need to go out there and play my game and score some runs and hopefully they will come at Headingley.
“I feel in good touch at the moment and it was no different at Lord’s, I just got a couple of good deliveries.
“I just need to keep playing the way I have been for the past 12-18 months.”
The Whitby man is also looking forward to linking up with new coach Trevor Bayliss.
Lyth added: “I’ve never come across him before but I’m looking forward to working with him very soon.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about him.”