England v New Zealand: Adam Lyth savours 'special' Test century

Adam Lyth
Lyth is the fifth successive England player to score a maiden century in their second Test

England batsman Adam Lyth said scoring a maiden Test hundred on his home ground of Headingley was a "special" feeling.

Yorkshire's Lyth was run out for 107 before New Zealand fought back on day two of the second Test to leave England on 253-5, 97 behind.

"Reaching the hundred was a moment I'll never forget," said the 27-year-old opener.

"It's a fantastic feeling and very special to get a hundred here."

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew
"I like Lyth. He's a really good character and he'll have inked himself in for this summer's Ashes against Australia on the back of that hundred."

Left-hander Lyth scored only seven and 12 on his debut in the first Test win at Lord's.

However, on Saturday he and captain Alastair Cook, who made 75, put on 177, England's highest opening stand in Tests at Headingley.

In reaching 32, Cook passed Graham Gooch to become England's leading Test run scorer of all time.

Lyth added: "I would like to have got a few more runs at Lord's, but now I know I can play at this level so I hope there's more runs and more hundreds to come."

Lyth, from Whitby, was watched by some of his family, but neither of his parents were at the ground.

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Lyth is the second Yorkshire player to score his maiden Test century at Headingley, after Joe Root in 2013

"My mum was working and my dad fancied a game of golf, but I had other members of my family here, which made me proud," said Lyth.

On FA Cup final day, Lyth had another reason to celebrate as Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley.

"I'm an Arsenal fan, so I'm very, very happy with that result as well," he said.

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