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Adam Lyth now learning to be patient for Yorkshire
Andrew Gale has hailed Adam Lyth’s response to being given a kick up the backside by his Yorkshire team-mates.
The left-handed opener signed a new two-year contract with the county through until December 2015 only last month following suggestions he was interesting LV= County Championship title leaders Durham.
The 25-year-old is known for being as fluent a batsman as there is in the county game when on song – but his strength can often be his downfall.
For example, Gale got to 95 before playing needlessly outside off stump facing Luke Fletcher and getting caught behind against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge last month.
He then flashed hard outside off and was superbly caught in the slips by Ben Stokes off Chris Rushworth early in the first innings of the defeat to Durham at Scarborough.
But the former England Lions man showed a different side of his game in last week’s draw against Sussex at Hove, batting patiently for 93 off 205 balls in the first innings before reaching 40 not out in the second when rain scuppered the visitors’ chance of victory.
Second-placed Yorkshire head into tomorrow’s clash with Middlesex at Headingley knowing they have to win to take the title race into the season’s last week.
They are 27.5 points behind rivals Durham with two matches left – and also need Notts to do them a favour by beating the leaders at Chester-le-Street.
Gale said: “The players talk to each other about how they can improve their games and I think a few of the other lads have been disappointed by the fashion in which Lythy’s given his wicket away.
“They’ve let that be known to him – but he’s got his head down now and he’s switched on.
“I’m really pleased with the way he’s gone about his business. He’s probably felt under a little bit of pressure for his spot, with Alex Lees doing so well and breathing down his neck.
“That’s the way we want him to play. He can’t go out and play at one pace as he has done in previous matches and play big booming drives. He’s got to wait until he’s in, then he can start to express himself.”
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