Full name Alexander Zak Lees
Born April 14, 1993, Halifax, Yorkshire
Current age 26 years 186 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||Durham v Glamorgan at Chester-le-Street, Sep 23-26, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Worcestershire at Leeds, Aug 29, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, May 6, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, Jul 26, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Durham v Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street, Aug 15, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|45||Durham||v Glamorgan||Chester-le-Street||23 Sep 2019||FC|
|15, 9||Durham||v Northants||Northampton||16 Sep 2019||FC|
|26, 13||Durham||v Middlesex||Lord's||10 Sep 2019||FC|
|181||Durham||v Leics||Chester-le-Street||18 Aug 2019||FC|
|19*||Durham||v Worcs||Chester-le-Street||15 Aug 2019||T20|
|3||Durham||v Derbyshire||Derby||9 Aug 2019||T20|
|4||Durham||v Northants||Northampton||7 Aug 2019||T20|
|39||Durham||v Lancashire||Chester-le-Street||2 Aug 2019||T20|
|7*||Durham||v Leics||Chester-le-Street||31 Jul 2019||T20|
|44||Durham||v Worcs||Worcester||28 Jul 2019||T20|
Alex Lees' was showered with accolades early in his career. Judges of the quality of Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan predicted England honours ahead and 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.
Lees had been taught magic by his uncle, a member of the Magic Circle, and to gain the captaincy so young was not a bad trick to perform. He led Yorkshire to only their second appearance in Twenty20 Finals Day, but his spell in the captaincy lasted only one year and was widely regarded as a mistake. Jason Gillespie left as Yorkshire's coach, back-to-back Championships on his CV, and the incoming coach, Andrew Gale, preferred one captain across all formats and appointed Gary Ballance. When Ballance regained his England place, Lees was also overlooked and he cut a disconsolate figure over the next two seasons, as his runs tally once again did not live up to his earlier billing.
Things did not work out as planned at Yorkshire, however. By the time he left Headingley for Chester-le-Street in August 2018, loaned out to Durham ahead of a permanent move, he had long cut a disconsolate figure, and the repetitive manner of his dismissals had long been exasperating. Yorkshire accepted that a change was necessary, conceding that he could well excel at a new county. Durham believed that, at 25, they had signed a player who could restate his international pedigree.
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.
He became Yorkshire's youngest ever double centurion at 20 years and 95 days old when he hit 275 not out in a win over Derbyshire at Chesterfield in July 2013. By the end of 2014 it was clear that such an independent, strong-minded decision had been a wise one.
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 the award of the limited-overs captaincy seemed to invigorate him - ironically enough - 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.
By the time he left Yorkshire, he had played 89 first-class matches, scoring just shy of 5000 runs and averaging 34.53. He had played a key role in Yorkshire's back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015 and won him England Lions trips to Sri Lanka and South Africa. But the days when the opening combination of Lees and Lyth could be compared, statistically at least, to Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe had long departed.