Adam Lyth is winning fitness battle to open for Yorkshire CCC

ADAM LYTH is on course to be fit for the start of the County Championship season following a calf injury, but last year’s player-of-the-season Jordan Thompson could miss the opening fixture due to a similar problem.
Yorkshire's Adam Lyth. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.comYorkshire's Adam Lyth. Picture: Allan McKenzie/
Yorkshire's Adam Lyth. Picture: Allan McKenzie/

There is mixed news on the injury front concerning the two gun players as Yorkshire gear up for their opening match against Glamorgan at Emerald Headingley on April 8. Lyth, the 33-year-old left-handed opener, and a key pillar of the batting now for over a decade, could feature in one of the two university fixtures next week after injuring his calf in practice while with Multan Sultans at the Pakistan Super League.

Yorkshire play Leeds-Bradford from Monday and then Durham University from the following Saturday in three-day games at Headingley that will serve as useful warm-up preparation.

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Thompson, the 24-year-old all-rounder, who came from left-field last year to seize his chance after an injury to fellow all-rounder Matthew Waite on the eve of the campaign, is rated doubtful for the opening Championship contest but is recovering well from his calf problem.

Any spell on the sidelines is likely to be short-lived, and Thompson has started bowling and running again.

Martyn Moxon, the Yorkshire director of cricket, said: “Adam will probably play next week (against the universities). He did his calf in Pakistan in one of the practice sessions, but he’s coming on well.

“He’s a big part of our team, with his ability and his experience, and it’s going to be important that he’s back for the Glamorgan game.

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Jordan may not make the eighth of April, but it won’t be long after.

“He’s a doubt for that opening game but he’s making good progress.

“Clearly it’s a blow, but fortunately he’s not going to be too long.

“He’s well on the way back to recovery now, starting to bowl and starting to run.

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“He basically did it in training, and it’s just one of those unfortunate injuries.”

Also on the road back is Dominic Leech, the 20-year-old pace bowler who made his 
Championship debut last summer.

“Dominic has had a sore back for a little while now but he’s on the road to recovery,” added Moxon.

“Other than that, we’ve got a clean bill of health, touch wood, and everyone’s ok.

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“We’ve still got a bit of cricket to play before April 8, but the lads are all doing well and coming along nicely.”

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