Lyth makes the most of his chance in Yorkshire side as young Root continues his bid to follow in some famous footsteps

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Opener Adam Lyth is determined to make the most of his extended run in the Yorkshire side, caused by Joe Root’s England absence.

Lyth scored his first County Championship century of the season in the drawn game with Somerset last week, and was again named in the side for Yorkshire’s clash with Nottinghamshire, which began at Scarborough yesterday.

“It was a great feeling to get my first ton of the season,” Lyth said.

“Taunton is always a good place to play, and the deck really helps the batsmen.

“I set myself a personal goal of scoring a big score before the game and to get to three figures was very satisfying.

“I know the pressure was starting to build on me and I had to perform.

“That is the strength of the team this year. If you start to struggle there is someone waiting to take your place.”

Yorkshire go into the Nottinghamshire game in second place in the Division One table, following their promotion from the second tier last season.

The match will mark the official 150th anniversary of Yorkshire’s first official game, which was played at The Oval against Surrey from June 4-6, 1863.

“Nottinghamshire have quality right through their side,” Lyth added.

“They will be tough to beat. They are in the mix with us and will want to continue their recent efforts.

“They like to be aggressive in all areas of their game. If we get some decent weather, it should be a cracker.”

Alex Lees, who has cracked 163 not out against Rotherham Town and an unbeaten 91 against Sheffield United for the Yorkshire Academy in the Yorkshire League this season, replaced Joe Sayers in the 12-man squad for the game.

Root, meanwhile, is busy preparing for Saturday’s ICC Champions Trophy opener, against Australia at Edgbaston.

Root is the second youngest member of the England squad for the tournament - he was born 22 days after wicketkeeper Joss Buttler - but has already established himself as one of the country’s brightest young cricketing talents.

The 22-year-old notched his first England century in the Test match against New Zealand at Headingley, and continues to impress the England selectors with his versatility amongst all formats of the game.

n The list of England’s under-23 Test centurions is a short, but great one: Len Hutton. Denis Compton. Bill Edrich. Peter May. Colin Cowdrey. Ian Botham. David Gower. Mike Atherton. Alastair Cook.

Add to that list, Joe Root.

Seven of those nine before him have gone on to captain their country.

No pressure, then, on the young lad from Dore!