Author: Glen Maxwell
Published: 11:15 15/05/2015
Adam Lyth insists he is "Not bothered" about becoming England's 666th Test debutant - as the Yorkshireman is focused on enjoying his call-up against New Zealand.
The 27-year-old opening batsman faces the prospect of receiving the number most commonly associated with the devil next week, but he insists it's just another number for him - despite the England and Wales Cricket Board allowing the next debutant the option to skip to 667.
England fans will be hoping that having three sixes on his cap is a good omen for the debutant in the First Test at Lords starting Thursday 21 May - as the hosts look to begin their Ashes summer with a win. England are currently best priced 6/4 at William Hill to win the First Test v New Zealand.
Lyth is one of two uncapped players named in England's squad - alongside fast bowler Mark Wood - but would still be named as number 666 even if both were to feature, owing to being first alphabetically.
However, he is unconcerned about his number and is more focused on the excitement of his call-up itself.
Lyth said: "Any Test number, I'm not bothered.
"A Test debut at Lord's, walking through the Long Room with Alastair Cook to open the batting for England - it doesn't get much better than that, does it?
"It will be one of the proudest moments of my life, and the same for my family."
Lyth added that the chance of making his debut at Lords only added to the excitement, but he was determined to keep his feet on the ground.
The opener said: "The only place that would go close to Lord's for me is Headingley, and the second Test is there - which is perfect.
"I have had to wait a while for this, and I've had to work hard over the years with Yorkshire.
"Now it's here I just want to enjoy it, hopefully put on a show and score some runs."
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