YORKSHIRE coach Jason Gillespie is set to give Scarborough batsman Adam Lyth the chance to shine on his home ground when the Tykes take on the Unicorns in CB40 action at North Marine Road on Sunday.
Lyth has struggled to hold down a place in a strong Yorkshire batting line-up, but an England call-up for Jonathan Bairstow has opened up an opportunity for the left-hander.
Gillespie said: “Adam played against Derbyshire and Sussex, so I envisage he’ll be in the squad to play the Unicorns on Sunday.
“If everything goes according to plan then he’ll be in the side.”
Gillespie has warned his Yorkshire side not to underestimate what he describes as a ‘dangerous’ Unicorns outfit.
He added: “We obviously look to win every game we go out to play.
“We’ll respect the Unicorns - they’re a group of players determined to impress and look for opportunities to impress watching counties.
“Several players who have impressed for the Unicorns have gone on to earn contracts with counties, so they’ll want to impress.”
Recent signing and fellow Australian Mitchell Starc has settled in nicely after his well-publicised issues upon his first arrival in the country, and Gillespie has been delighted with the left-armer fast bowlers impact.
He added: “Mitchell’s obviously had a tough few weeks with a lot of travelling involved, so we’re delighted that he’s playing some cricket for us and getting to know the lads.
“He’s already become a big part of the squad and bowled really well against Derbyshire and was rewarded with three wickets. Hopefully he can keep it up.”
Gillespie is hoping to enjoy a warmer climate at North Marine Road this time around, after the woolly hats were needed against Leicestershire.
He added: “The lads got criticised for wearing woolly hats, I don’t mind it. It would be nice if it was a bit warmer Sunday.”