Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lyth Happy to Keep on Attacking at the Top of the Order

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lyth Happy to Keep on Attacking at the Top of the Order

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ADAM Lyth is confident he is an ideal fit at the top of the order for England's new attacking brief in Test cricket.

The Yorkshireman will go into the second Ashes Test at Lord's with a mixed record in his short international career to date - one hundred in six innings, but with a second-highest score of only 37.

That came as he and Ian Bell made good on orders to keep Australia under pressure, despite the loss of two early wickets, to help England consolidate their lead en route to a 169-run win in the first Test at Cardiff.

Lyth has a reputation in county cricket as a fluent batsman, and appears happy to have moved up to the highest level at a time when that is just what England want too.

"I've got to try and play my way," he said.

"If it's there to be hit, if it's a halfvolley, I'll hit it.

"We know we've got to play to our strengths. I am an attacking batsman, but respect the conditions and respect the bowling."

He and Bell had to achieve that balance at the SSE SWALEC, where England established a first-innings lead of 122 but then found themselves 22 for two second time round.

The advice from coach Trevor Bayliss remained clear.

"We spoke about the third innings; it wasn't about batting time, (but) about going out there and putting pressure back on the Aussies," added Lyth.

"We just said 'if it's there to be hit, we'll take 'em on'.

"It paid off and if we get in that position again, I don't think we'll play any different."

To continue to conform then, Lyth needs only to play his natural game - and he insists he already feels at home in Test cricket.

"Yes, I do," said the 27-year-old, who is nonetheless aware there will be no easy runs - especially against Australia.

"Opening the batting against these quality bowlers, you're going to get some low scores.

"It's about keep believing what my strengths are and I'm sure I'll be fine. …

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