Adam Lyth seems to be wasting his opportunities in the current Ashes and the time is not that far off when he would find himself on the radar.
He did get a century against New Zealand, but, in the 5 innings that he has played against Australia, every time he has been caught behind the stumps and that is really a concern.
In the first couple of games, one could feel that he got a few corkers and probably, any batsman in the world would have nicked those.
But, the shot that he played in England’s first innings at Edgbaston yesterday, he would not be happy with that at all.
It was a wide cross-seam delivery by Josh Hazlewood and after pitching, it was going further away. It was surely to be left for the wicketkeeper. But, Lyth just threw his bat at it and got the edge.
For a fraction of a second, he would have thought he got away with it as Adam Voges at the first slip position for Australia juggled with the ball a little bit before grabbing it eventually and sending the Yorkshire left hander on his way.
After England’s loss at Lord’s, much of the talk was about the poor form of Gary Ballance and Lyth sort of slipped under it, but, now, if he fails in the second innings too in the ongoing test match, the knives would be out.
Lyth is naturally an aggressive opener, but, he will have to realize playing test Cricket is, by no means, the same as playing county Cricket. There is much more application needed against the international bowling attacks.
Lyth’s failing did not bother England however as Alastair Cook put on a good partnership with Ian Bell for the second wicket and put his team in command.