Alex Lees is one of five Yorkshire stars who will jet off to an England training camp in Sri Lanka tomorrow... but the young batsman is refusing to get too carried away just yet.
After scoring over a thousand first-class runs to help Yorkshire to the County Championship title last season, Lees is viewed by many as a future England opener - and his chance may come sooner rather than later.
“I don’t think about England and what is in the future,” the left-handed batsman said.
“There are players that are ahead of me and they probably deserve that opportunity. All I can do is focus on performing and scoring big runs. If I do that then we’ll see what happens.
“Ultimately my main objective is getting runs for Yorkshire in all formats. That is my job and I relish the pressures of aiming to be the best that I can be and contributing to the team.”
Lyth is one of eight Yorkshire players on international duty this winter: he is joined by colleagues Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid in Sri Lanka, while fast bowlers Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks are in South Africa with the England bowlers. Sheffield’s Joe Root, of course, is in Sri Lanka with the senior England One-Day team.
“With seven of us from Yorkshire, it’ll be like being back in the dressing room at Headingley and that will spur us on,” Lees added.
“They’ll be loads of banter and I’m sure the others lads from elsewhere won’t get a word in! But seriously, I am very privileged to be able to go and work overseas as part of my job and I enjoy every moment of it.
“It is an exciting period for Yorkshire... when we won the Championship our mindset and discussions in the dressing room was focussed on sustained success. We all want to ensure that this is not just a one-off celebration. Now we want to add a one-day trophy but mainly, we want success year after year and we all believe we are capable.”