It has been a promising start to 2015 for Team GM with plenty to report both on and off the field with Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth leading the way.
Adam has followed in the footsteps of his county colleague and fellow GM ambassador Joe Root by earning a call-up to the England Test squad to tour West Indies later this month and by the time you read this, will have touched down in the Caribbean, ready to make an impact in national colours.
Following a stellar 2014 domestic season, he continued his golden run by scoring a century in the season-opener in Dubai as Yorkshire beat the MCC by nine wickets.
His 113 in 190 balls set the county champions up with a big lead on first innings and he backed that up with an unbeaten 46 as they chased down a modest target. He is now looking forward to transferring his fine early-season form into runs at the very highest level.
Elsewhere, fellow England hopeful James Vince has recently been appointed as Hampshire’s one-day captain and we wish him the very best for the season ahead. The new role will bring with it plenty of challenges, not least how to combine scoring runs with the new leadership role. We think he’ll manage just fine and he can always turn to fellow GM ambassador Jimmy Adams for advice!
With county teams using pre-season as a chance to give much-needed practice time in the middle to their whole squads, and the weather playing its usual role of spoilsport, there have been limited chances for our ambassadors to shine with bat or ball – we will surely have more to report in the coming weeks.
Finally, two of our players have recently announced their retirements due to injury – Gloucestershire’s Ian Saxilby and Warwickshire’s Paul Best.
Unfortunately, both have been forced to call time on their careers at a young age and we wish them all the best in the future.
Looking ahead then, have a great Easter break but keep your eye out for news of a new GM signing, which will be unveiled after the Easter weekend, and we look forward to seeing Team GM in action once competitive cricket gets underway across the country.
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