Lyth ‘ready for England’

Lyth was called up to the Test squad for the first time for the three-match Test tour of the West Indies and looks set to compete with the recalled Jonathan Trott for an opening berth alongside skipper Alastair Cook.

The left-hander was a key player for Yorkshire as they won the Division One title last year,??making 1,489 runs at an average of 67.68.

And while the 27-year-old???s international career has had a somewhat belated start, Gillespie has no hesitation in recommending Lyth as an England opener.

???I think he???s ready – he???s ready to go and have a really good career for England,” Gillespie told Sky Sports News HQ.

???He works incredibly hard at his game, though it probably took him a while to get that consistency in his game in early part of his career. But last year he showed exactly what he???s capable of.

???He???s had had a few really good seasons and thoroughly deserves this opportunity. We???d love to see him suit up and open the batting in that first Test.???

And as a former Australia Test fast bowler, Gillespie has a paceman???s appreciation for Lyth???s technique at the crease.

???Adam???s a very good player, equally strong off the front and back foot – he can put pressure back on bowlers, which is what you want at the international level,” he said.

???Adam has worked out his game very well. He knows when to attack the bowlers and when to absorb the pressure.???

While Lyth prepares for England???s opening match against the West Indies on April 13, a number of his younger club team-mates will step into the breach to fill first XI places vacated by the five other Yorkshire players called into the England team.

It???s a heavy loss for any team to manage but Gillespie is confident Yorkshrie have the squad??depth to remain competitive.

???In an ideal world I think every team would like to have every player on their staff available, ready to go, but then at the same time you wouldn???t have your lads not going out and fulfilling their dreams, representing their country,” he said.

???It does give us the opportunity to give some chances to young Yorkshire players who may not get that chance when we???ve got our full complement of players available.

???That???s why you have academies and??second XI competitions – you???re trying to prepare these guys to be first-class cricketers.???