Alex Lees' good county form to be rewarded with Test audition

Alex Lees’ County Championship form to be rewarded with Durham star set to be handed Test audition against England in pre-Ashes clash

  • England’s selectors will reveal the top order batters pushing for Test places 
  • A squad that will provide pre-Ashes opposition for England will be announced 
  • Durham’s Alex Lees is set to be given a Test audition due to his County form 

England’s selectors will reveal the top-order batters pushing hardest for Test places later this week when they announce the squad who will provide Joe Root’s team with pre-Ashes opposition.

Alex Lees is to be recalled to the England Lions set-up more than six years after his last match, and another left-handed opener, Warwickshire’s Rob Yates, will also be asked to travel to Australia — along with county colleague Dom Sibley.

Lees, 28, averaged 39 in the County Championship with Durham last season and enjoyed a rich Royal London Cup campaign.

England’s selectors are set to announce a squad to provide Joe Root with pre-Ashes opposition

Yates’s return of five first-class hundreds this calendar year is better than anyone in world cricket other than Root.

Most significantly perhaps, the 22-year-old finished the home summer strongly, hitting an unbeaten 132 in the title-sealing win over Somerset and 113 against Lancashire in the Bob Willis Trophy final.

Those travelling to Australia will offer cover to the 17-man Ashes squad, with the Lions due to play a warm-up match against the full England team before the first Test in Brisbane on December 8 and remain on hand for around six weeks of the tour.

Alex Lees’ strong county form is set to be rewarded with an audition for Test selection

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