As we did last year, we’ve been peering into our crystal ball at The Reverse Sweep to identify ten likely cricketers for the 2011 season. We begin below with Adam Lyth of Yorkshire and will publish the other nine over the next two days.
The only selection criteria we have used is that they most be young, England qualified and full of promise – or in the case of one of the ten have something to prove.
As ever we’ve had to leave a plethora of young and talented cricketers off the list. These include Toby Roland-Jones, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonathan Bairstow and Chris Jordan.
Hopefully, our predictions will be as successful as last year when the likes of James Hildreth, Steve Finn, Chris Tremlett, Adil Rashid, Monty Panesar, Chris Woakes, Andrew Gale, James Taylor and Ben Stokes all had good summers.
23 year old Lyth had a phenomenal breakthrough year in 2010, topping the Yorkshire averages with 1509 championship runs at 52.03, and is rated highly by the likes of Geoff Boycott and Michael Vaughan.
2011 could be even better for the left-handed opening batsman if he can convert more scores of 80 and 90 into big hundreds; although he hit three championship tons last year, Lyth also had nine scores between 50 and 99.
With Jacques Rudolph gone, Lyth has a golden opportunity to establish himself as Yorkshire’s main batsman this season, and if he repeats his performance of last summer will move higher on the radar of the England selectors.
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