Lyth has Ashes fever after opening salvo at Cardiff

England batsman Adam Lyth scores four runs off Australia bowler Mitchell Starc during the First Investec Ashes Test. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
England batsman Adam Lyth scores four runs off Australia bowler Mitchell Starc during the First Investec Ashes Test. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Former Scarborough batsman Adam Lyth has described his Ashes debut as a dream come true and he can’t wait for more at Lord’s this week.

Lyth and England head to the home of cricket with a 1-0 lead in the series after their 169-run success at the Swalec Stadium, and his first taste of Ashes action has whetted his appetite for more.

Adam Lyth celebrates taking a catch with teammate Jos Butter. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Adam Lyth celebrates taking a catch with teammate Jos Butter. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

The Yorkshire batsman told The Scarborough News: “It was a dream come true to play in an Ashes Test.

“To face the first ball and then for us to win the game in such a great fashion was fantastic - the week couldn’t have gone better from a team perspective.

“I would have liked to have scored a few more runs, but I felt in good touch and I know that if I keep playing the way I am that a big score is just around the corner.

“The ball from Josh Hazlewood nipped away a bit, but that is going to happen when you face the new ball and good bowlers in the Ashes.

England opener Adam Lyth

To face the first ball and then for us to win the game in such a great fashion was fantastic - the week couldn’t have gone better from a team perspective

“The ball turned and bounced in the second innings and it was a superb catch by Michael Clarke.

“Everyone contributed to the win though, and it was nice that me and Ian Bell bagged a few in the second innings to put the pressure back on the Australians.”

Lyth admits that he copped some stick from the typically exuberant Aussies, but it’s not something the Whitby man hasn’t seen or heard before.

“There was a bit of stick, yes, but that is nothing new to me,” added Lyth.

“Playing in the County Championship, you come across a lot of Aussie players and they like to play hard and they’re not scared to have a go.

“I’m sure they will come hard again this week and we will be ready for that.”

The left-handed opener admits the intensity was noticeably greater heading into the clash in Cardiff.

He added: “It was really intense.

“The build up leading to Cardiff was massive. The hype in the media was huge, which added to the occasion.

“The cricket side of it wasn’t that much different from the New Zealand games, but the build up was huge.

“It was great to be a part of it and I’m looking forward to more of the same at Lord’s.

“It’s a fantastic place to play cricket and hopefully we can go there and continue to play the level of cricket we managed at Cardiff.

“I’ll just try to go about my business the way I have been and I’ll back myself to get runs.”