Alex Lees credit ‘invaluable studying’ in robust West Indies collection for turnaround as England opener this summer time… with Durham batsman now hopeful of constructing on momentum on this month’s South Africa collection
- Alex Lees made simply 126 runs for England in his debut Test collection in West Indies
- But the 29-year-old has proven his batting credentials on extra acquainted territory
- He hit half-centuries towards New Zealand and India in England’s upturn in kind
- Lees credit the ‘invaluable studying’ within the Caribbean as think about transformation
Alex Lees believes his robust expertise within the West Indies has helped him to grow to be a greater Test match opener for England, and is now hoping to take that confidence into this month’s South Africa collection.
The Durham batsman made simply 126 runs in six innings within the three-match collection within the Caribbean, returning a median of 21 and a excessive rating of 31.
But the 29-year-old has proven his batting credentials on extra acquainted territory underneath the steering of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes with half-centuries in England’s wins towards New Zealand and India earlier this summer time.
Alex Lees believes his robust expertise within the West Indies has helped him this summer time
The Durham batsman made simply 126 runs in six innings within the collection within the Caribbean
And Lees – who was speaking as he took half in a media internet session with Durham Cricket companions Vertu Motors – credited the ‘invaluable studying’ within the Caribbean as a big issue within the transformation of his fortunes.
Asked whether or not he felt he wouldn’t have smashed a half-century towards India at Edgbaston with out his struggles within the Caribbean, he stated: ‘Absolutely. The West Indies collection wanting again now was invaluable studying for me and I feel it’s worthwhile to be taught.
‘I do not assume there are sometimes that many people who find themselves wonderful at it [Test cricket] right away.
‘There is the odd one who does try this however the pure development is studying out of your previous experiences to get higher and have a greater final result sooner or later.
But he hit half-centuries in England’s wins towards New Zealand and India earlier this summer time
Lees was speaking as he took half in a media internet session with Durham Cricket companions Vertu Motors
‘The wickets had been fairly gradual there which weren’t all the time conducive to a fluent innings. But actually the wickets right here have had a bit extra tempo in them which allowed me to entry some areas that I could not within the West Indies.
‘That collection afforded me some studying that I may take into this summer time and now that I hope I can take into South Africa.’
Lees has been unequivocally backed by captain Stokes since his introduction to the England Test set-up, a lot in order that he picked his Durham team-mate out for reward after a fleeting 20 within the second innings at Lord’s towards New Zealand.
He peeled off 4 well-struck boundaries earlier than leaving a Kyle Jamieson supply which crashed into his stumps. Stokes nevertheless revealed he had let Lees comprehend it was ‘the perfect he had seemed in an England shirt.’
Jonny Bairstow was additionally criticised for his shot in the identical innings after he too was bowled by Jamieson, however Lees was grateful his captain emphasised the significance of the ‘greater image’ and revealed it was the primary time he performed how he had wished to for his nation.
England captain Ben Stokes praised Lees after a fleeting 20 at Lord’s towards New Zealand
‘As a cricketer you perceive little moments in video games which have extra worth than the precise rating or wickets taken,’ he added.
‘It was a pleasant second for myself and Jonny, who additionally obtained some fairly dangerous press off one of many pictures in that sport. But the larger image was the mentality and the strategy which was extra necessary than the output.
‘There was some slight consolation in that however extra on a private stage it was the primary time I had batted in a fashion by which I wished to play for England.
‘I feel generally you’ve got to belief the method and the way you wish to play. Then you’ve got to consider in and take a look at play accordingly.’
Lees (proper) was grateful his captain (centre) emphasised the significance of the ‘greater image’
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