Skipper Gale tipping Lyth for England berth

Andrew Gale has backed openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees for a potential England call-up
Andrew Gale has backed openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees for a potential England call-up

Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale has tipped Adam Lyth to be in England contention after starring in the Tykes’ fantastic start to the season.

Gale’s troops are in title contention in the LV County Championship first division, with former Scarborough opener Lyth playing a leading role in their surge.

The captain said:“Adam has had a fantastic start to the season.

“After a few inconsistent seasons he is doing very well and seems to be maturing in his game.

“With the new set-up in place for England, both he and fellow opener Alex Lees must be among the candidates in contention for the Test team.”

Gale added: “We could easily go out and sign up the best young players from around the country but it is great that most of our first-team players have come up through the academy system at Yorkshire.

“Alex is a perfect example of this system as he was given a chance last season and he took it, earning a spot in the team.

He added: “We have made a great start to the season and were delighted to go to the top of the table after just five matches, but we need to take each game as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves.”

The Tykes have a crunch game against old rivals Lancashire in the County Championship, starting this Sunday at Headingley.

Despite being without Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan, who are on England ODI duty against Sri Lanka, Gale is confident his squad is strong enough for the Roses clash.

“You need a good pool of players to compete in the county championship, and at various points we will all need to drop out, I dropped myself for a game earlier in the season,” added Gale.

“There is a lot of competition among the players and as we showed in the Warwickshire win we bat all the way down, all the bowlers are working really hard to improve their batting and it is showing.”

Gale is also looking forward to Yorkshire’s games at North Marine Road later this season.

“Scarborough is one of my favourite grounds and I have a very good record there.

“The players all look forward to the games there as they bring their families along.”

The Tykes visit Scarborough for their four-day game with Middlesex starting on July 19, followed by Royal London Cup one-day matches on Monday August 11 and Wednesday August 13, against Essex and Derbyshire respectively.

The final Yorkshire game at North Marine Road is against Sussex, starting on Friday August 15.

Gale’s ProCoach Cricket courses will be heading to Ryedale this summer.

The first course is being held from July 29 to 31 at Malton & Old Malton CC and the second at Duncombe Park from August 20 to 22. The courses run from 10am to 3pm each day.

For further information ring 0113 203 3609.