You know that summer is really about to start when everybody starts building up to the first Test at Lord’s. New Zealand – with Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson involved - will be England’s opponents and we now know that GM’s Adam Lyth will make his Test debut against the Black Caps.
Adam travelled to the West Indies with England recently but was not selected for any of the three Tests. With an opening spot available, we are delighted to see him get his opportunity, which is richly deserved coming off the back of such an impressive season last year and a strong start to 2015.
The Test will also see GM’s Joe Root take on the role of vice-captain for the first time. After scoring 358 runs in the Caribbean to be England’s leading batsman, he has been given more responsibility as England look to the future.
As Joe’s game goes from strength to strength, it is clear that as a vital member of England’s side moving forward he is already being prepared for one day leading his country and in the meantime he will support the full-time captains.
Talking of leadership roles and England call-ups, recently-appointed Hampshire one-day captain James Vince and Surrey’s Zafar Ansari both made their England debuts against Ireland earlier this month.
Unfortunately for both, the match was spoiled by the rain and as England bowled first and just 18 overs were possible, they were unable to get to the crease.
However, getting a taste of international cricket will be a huge boost to both and their challenge is now to keep scoring runs and remain in contention for places later in the season against New Zealand and Australia.
Switching from batsmen to bowlers, and Kate Cross caused a stir when she followed up becoming the first woman to play in the Central Lancashire League by taking figures of eight for 47 for Heywood against Unsworth.
That came after she had returned three for 19 on her debut and helped set up a comprehensive six-wicket win for her side. Expect Australia to find Kate hard to handle in this summer’s Ashes, once she’s given a few more Lancashire club players a hard time!
Elsewhere, Chris Dent has enjoyed a fine start to the county season, with a couple of centuries for Gloucestershire. Having made 104 not out against Northamptonshire in the opening game of the season, he hit 116 against Lancashire at Old Trafford, helping to set up a 91-run win.
And finally, GM are delighted to announce that Sussex’s Ollie Robinson and Nottinghamshire’s Billy Root (Joe’s younger brother) have joined our team.
Robinson marked his first-class debut earlier this year with a century for Sussex, batting at number nine against Durham, and has taken 12 wickets in his two matches to date.
Like Robinson, Root has also played a couple of first-class games this season, turning out for the Leeds/Bradford MCC University side.
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