Alex Lees: Those are the reasons why I became a better player!

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Alex Lees: Those are the reasons why I became a better player!

Alex Lees had an interesting career and while he was still in Yorkshire, his great career was predicted and he was compared to top stars. However, there was a decline in form, Lees went to Durham where he raised his form to a higher level and is happy with the current situation in life.

“I think life experience helps you the older you get,” he said for standard "I’ve got a young family now too and that challenges you and gives you a different outlook on life. I’m a firm believer in what will be will be and whatever happens will come at the right time for a reason.

“I had some pretty poor times at Yorkshire where I was pretty rubbish to be fair, but you learn from that and as a player you try not to let those periods define you. I’m at the point of my career where it’s the best period of time I could play, not just from a cricket point of view but from the whole of life.

“Certainly since I’ve had kids, my drive has shifted to being a dad and wanting to play well for my children. Not necessarily for glitz and glam, but for myself and for my wife to have a Test win at Lord’s and having my kids there even though if we’re being honest they won’t have a clue because they’re too young, but to have that memory as a life experience is invaluable so it certainly has helped”.

New Zealand game

He was good in the match against New Zealand but he always wants more. “It [the second innings at Lord’s] was probably the most fluent innings I’ve had to date but the obvious thing to me is that it’s another 20 and out and I keep getting in and out which is frustrating,” he says.

“Internally I was pleased in the manner I played and the obvious thing moving forward is that I have to take that and turn it into a substantial innings. “I think everybody has pride in what they do, to be praised for a 20 is probably bittersweet.

If you can get a good 20, you know you can probably make 60, 70, 80. Retrospectively, with the 20, you come off and think: 'I played nicely but ‘god, I'd love a 70’.