LV= County Championship: Alex Lees relaxed about England call

LV= County Championship:Alex Lees insists an England call is not on his mind despite good start to the season

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By Sportsbeat

Alex Lees insists an England call is not on his mind, despite his eye-catching start to the season earning him a nomination for the LV= Breakthrough Player award.

The Yorkshire opener, 21, averages over 40 in his 11 LV= County Championship games this season, with two centuries to his name.

All of this comes off the back of a winter spent in Australia and Sri Lanka with the England Lions, scoring a ton against the latter back in February.

All this would point to a bright future for Lees on the international stage, however the man himself isn’t setting his sights on a Test cap any time soon.

“If you’re playing with some of the best county players as a young 20-year-old I can only improve my game on and off the field,” said Lees, who is nominated for the gong alongside Surrey duo Zafar Ansari and Jason Roy, Kent’s Adam Riley and Lewis Gregory of Somerset.

“Trusting yourself is a big thing – believing that I am a good enough player to succeed at the level that I’m playing at.

“Going on the [Lions] tours has obviously given me the confidence that I can hold me own [at that level].

“You look at how well Joe [Root] and Gary [Ballance] have done [for England], but ultimately I know I’ve got to perform well for my county over a consistent period of time.

“Having a good half-a-year is not really what gets you noticed, so I have a big couple of years ahead of myself and hopefully I’ll keep performing.”

Lees can count Geoffrey Boycott among his many admirers, with the former Yorkshire and England star tipping the youngster as an international of the future.

Even with Root and Ballance away with England, Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale doesn’t have any easy decisions when picking his batting order, even dropping himself earlier in the season to accommodate the talents and form of others.

And in a side which boasts a wealth of batting depth Lees knows that any dips in form could ultimately cost him his place in the line up.

“We’ve got a really good mix of experience and talent at the minute at Yorkshire and the competition for places is high,” he continued.

“It adds to everybody’s game knowing that performance is key [to retaining your place].

“At some other counties you may be able to get away with not performing for three or four games in a row, but we are fortunate that we do have strength in depth and that’s obviously lifted everybody else’s game.

“If the captain has to drop himself it means you’re in a pretty good position as a team. Coming towards the back end of the season and hopefully we can continue playing some strong cricket.”

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