Adam Lyth admits to loving life as a senior figure in the Yorkshire dressing room.
The two-time Championship winner’s value both on and off the field at Emerald Headingley is, arguably, as important as ever before given the fresh look about the county’s team at present.
Jack Shutt, Dom Leech and George Hill have all made their first-class debuts in the opening three rounds of the ongoing Bob Willis Trophy.
Injuries and England call-ups have shorn the squad of a number of experienced heads such as Gary Ballance, Ben Coad, Dawid Malan and David Willey.
Yorkshire will be forced into changes for tomorrow’s Roses clash with Lancashire at Headingley, the penultimate North Group clash in the Bob Willis.
Amazingly, out of their 13-man squad, eight are yet to make a Roses first-class appearance, though that includes ex-South Africa Test quick Duanne Olivier.
Jonny Bairstow and Malan, who have batted at three and four in the last two rounds against Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, will be missing due to England T20 duty, putting more onus on Lyth through guidance off the field and runs on it.
The 32-year-old opening batsman said: “With losing Jonny and Dawid, the aim will be for myself and Tom (Kohler-Cadmore) to get through that first session and see where we’re at.
“Hopefully at least one of us can put on a big score.
“It’s always nice to see the young lads come in, make debuts and do well.
“We’ve always said there would be injuries at the start of the season. We’ve got a big squad and have used quite a number of players already.
“I’ve been a senior player for a number of seasons now, and we’re always there to talk to the young lads and give them some guidance on conditions and the pitches at Headingley – what shots to play, what shots not to play.