England Test hopeful Adam Lyth has made the first century of the ‘domestic’ season, for county champions Yorkshire against MCC in Abu Dhabi.
Lyth was unbeaten on 105 at lunch as Yorkshire threatened to take control on day two in the curtain-raiser fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
And the left-hander, named last week to tour the West Indies in England’s first Test squad of this Ashes year, demonstrated his encouraging form by reaching 113, before falling lbw to fellow England hopeful Adam Riley.
Uncapped left-handed batsman Lyth appears to be one of two contenders - the other is the returning Jonathan Trott - to open alongside captain Alastair Cook in the Caribbean next month.
The 27-year-old could not have hand-picked a better audience either, making his 15th first-class hundred in front of Cook - who is in the MCC team, and could make only three himself in his first four-day innings of the year on Sunday.
Lyth hit 11 fours in his 162-ball century.