Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth has revealed the details of events leading up to the moment that he was called up to the England squad for the very first time, and the emotions that followed, reports the Guardian.
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The opener topped the County Championship Division One batting charts last season, and with Sam Robson’s place in the Test side looking precarious, it should have come as no surprise to Lyth, or his family and teammates, when he received the call letting him know he’d made it into the squad for the three Test tour of the West Indies next month.
But while the 27-year-old managed to initially contain his excitement having got the call whilst at a benefit dinner for teammate Richard Pyrah, he explained he got teary once he revealed the news to his biggest fans.
“My mum started crying when I told her and that just set me off,” he said.
“I couldn’t have done it without their help. God knows how many thousands of pounds they spent taking me round the country for games when I was a kid.”
He warmed up for the tour with a century during the traditional county season curtain raiser between the County Champions – his team Yorkshire – and a MCC side including England’s captain Alastair Cook.
The left-hander is likely to be competing with the returning Jonathan Trott for a place at the top of the order, but Trott’s past success at number three, may mean there is space for both players in the first eleven.