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Yorkshire president Geoff Boycott backs Alex Lees to shine

YORKSHIRE president Geoffrey Boycott is tipping Alex Lees to be the county’s next England international.

YORKSHIRE president Geoffrey Boycott is tipping Alex Lees to be the county’s next England international.

With Tim Bresnan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root all in the England frame currently, Boycott has earmarked batsman Lees as a potential star of the future.

Halifax-born Lees, a left-handed batsman, has played two first-class and two List A matches for the first team since debuting in 2010 – including a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Warwickshire at Scarborough last August in which he opened the batting and scored 23.

The former England opener believes we should not expect “too much too soon” from the 19-year-old, who captained Yorkshire’s second team last season.

But he added: “We are still providing some very good players for England, including Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.

“There are also a couple of kids you may not know too much about coming through.

“We’ve got another one in Lees, who is about three years away. I think he’s very good. Just mark it down in three years time because he’s quite young.

“We’ve got one or two others coming through a good Academy system. We’ll lose one or two to other counties I’m sure – you can’t win them all.

“But we’re still providing plenty of very good players.”

 

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