Clashes between England and New Zealand always bring back happy memories for Adam Lyth, and the Yorkshire opener insists he can still add to his solitary Test century against the Kiwis in 2015.
This week sees Joe Root captain England’s current Test team at the start of a two-match series in New Zealand, beginning on Wednesday evening in Mount Maunganui (10pm UK).
But four-and-a-half years ago it was Lyth’s time at Emerald Headingley when, in his second of seven Test appearances to date under sunny May skies, he racked up a superb 107 from 212 balls.
“It’s one of the biggest moments, if not the biggest of my career to be honest,” said Lyth, who played the subsequent home Ashes series before being left out.
“After that hundred, it didn’t go quite so well for me in international cricket, but I knew I was good enough to play at that level when I got the hundred.