Adam Lyth reveals the small changes behind his stunning season start for Yorkshire
Adam Lyth has revealed the small technical changes he made over the winter that has enabled him to lead Yorkshire’s early-season title charge with almost 500 runs in three games.
The opening batsman has been instrumental in Yorkshire’s two wins and a draw to date, posting two hundreds and a 97 already on his way to 488 runs – making him the highest-scoring English batsman so far this season.
Lyth worked hard on his technique over the winter in Adu Dhabi and Pakistan, reducing his trigger movements and trying to simplify his technique in a bid to try and replicate his two best seasons with the bat – 2010, when he scored 1,509 first-class runs, and 2014 with 1,609.
“I feel like I’m hitting the ball as well as those two seasons,” Lyth said.
“It’s a shame it’s taken me that long to go back to that, but I feel I can play freely all around the ground off front and back foot, especially hitting down the ground a lot more.
“I also feel I can get into my drive a lot more, which is probably my strongest shot.”
Lyth, whose quest for runs continues this week when Yorkshire face Northamptonshire at Headingley, beginning on Thursday, worked with former England coach Andy Flower over the winter.
“Andy is renowned for being one of the best coaches around, and I spoke to him about those trigger movements and also getting my mindset right,” Lyth, who played seven Test matches for England and scored a century on his home ground of Headingley against New Zealand in 2015, added.
“Playing the way I did in 2010 and 2014 was more about not worrying about getting out. You might as well try and score as many runs as you can before there’s a ball with your name on it.
“That’s the way I’ve approached it this season.
“But you can’t take anything for granted in this game. You can easily go two or three knocks without scoring any runs. I’ll just have to keep trusting the way I’m playing, and hopefully there’s more runs to come.”