Full name Alexander Zak Lees
Born April 14, 1993, Halifax, Yorkshire
Current age 23 years 277 days
Major teams England Lions, England Performance Programme, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI, Yorkshire Academy, Yorkshire Under-17s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v India A at Leeds, Jun 5-7, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Middlesex v Yorkshire at Lord's, Sep 20-23, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Worcestershire at Leeds, Aug 29, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds, Aug 28, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, Jul 26, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Durham v Yorkshire at Birmingham, Aug 20, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 2/51, 20||Yorkshire||v Middlesex||Lord's||20 Sep 2016||FC|
|0, 9||Yorkshire||v Somerset||Leeds||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|132, 88||Yorkshire||v Durham||Leeds||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|10, 12||Yorkshire||v Hampshire||Southampton||31 Aug 2016||FC|
|26||Yorkshire||v Surrey||Leeds||28 Aug 2016||LA|
|13, 30||Yorkshire||v Notts||Scarborough||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|22||Yorkshire||v Durham||Birmingham||20 Aug 2016||T20|
|7||Yorkshire||v Kent||Canterbury||18 Aug 2016||LA|
|85, 114*||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|36||Yorkshire||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||11 Aug 2016||T20|
Yorkshire have never been short of the ability to trumpet the prowess of one of their own and the rise in the county's fortunes, plus the emergence into the England ranks of players like Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have encouraged the habit. Step forward then Alex Lees, a young left-handed opening batsman regarded by many good judges - Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan among them - as worthy of close attention.
Lees' part in Yorkshire's 2014 Championship triumph amplified his reputation. He did not make 1,000 Championship runs, outshone statistically by his opening partner Adam Lyth, but England observers liked his style and he won a place on Lions trips to Sri Lanka and South Africa. The following summer was more challenging as he made just one Championship hundred, but his stock was such that, after a successful trial, he was named as Yorkshire's captain in both one-day formats - at 22, the youngest to hold the office, remarkably, since Lord Hawke.
Captaincy approval is not easily won in Yorkshire and it felt like the jury was out after a mixed first season, although he did lead Yorkshire to Finals Day in the NatWest Blast. There was a recovery, too, in the Championship when he topped Yorkshire's run charts with 1,165 runs and, against Durham, fell 12 runs shy of becoming the first Yorkshire batsmen to make two hundreds in a match at Headingley.
Lees, who first represented Yorkshire at U-13 level and who went on to skipper the Academy and second XI teams, signed full professional terms with the county ahead of the 2013 season with runs galore to his name at junior level. He became the youngest Yorkshire player to make a Championship double century - 20 years and 95 days - when he hit an unbeaten 275 against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. He had earlier made a maiden Championship hundred against Middlesex. It was no surprise therefore to find himself on an England Lions tour to Sri Lanka early in 2014.
Paul Farbrace, who was Yorkshire's second XI coach when Lees broke through (Farbrace was to leave for the Sri Lanka job in late 2013) coincidentally also saw Lees make a double hundred when he was in charge at Kent, an innings made against a combined Kent and Northamptonshire second XI at Beckenham in May, 2011. Lees was fortunate to work with such a skilled mentor at a vital stage of his Headingley career when praise was coming easily.
Lees made a first-class debut against the touring Indian A team in 2010. After much soul-searching, he turned down a chance to represent England U-19s in the World Cup because he had recently lost his father and stated that he also wished to concentrate on furthering his Yorkshire career. By the end of 2014 it was clear that such an independent, strong-minded decision had been a wise one.
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