ENG vs WI Live Update: After scoring 67 runs on Day 3 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the former captain of England lavished praise on Alex Lees’ mindset. During the second test, the 29-year-old scored his maiden fifty for England and made excellent use of the somewhat level pitch that was available to him.
After the England management team decided to replace the opening duo of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed, Lees was allowed to make his first appearance in the Caribbean. The left-handed batsman drove in 126 runs throughout the three-game series that took place away from home. Lees was given another opportunity to play in the home series against New Zealand despite the new leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.
This time around, Lees was able to convert his start by scoring a couple of twenty, something he did earlier in England’s victory by five wickets at Lord’s. After scoring 11 fours throughout his knock, he was finally out thanks to Matt Henry’s dismissal. On the third day of the second test, he also contributed 141 runs with Ollie Pope for the second wicket.
ENG vs WI Live Update: Nasser Hussain heaps praise on Alex Lees
In his column for the Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain stated the following about Alex Lees, naming him as the most promising prospect so far in terms of England’s new age in terms of mentality:
“Of all of the players that England has employed so far under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, Alex Lees is the one who has undergone the most significant attitude adjustment.”
Hussain added: “Take a look at his strike rate in the Caribbean, then have a look at how he played in the second innings at Lord’s, and now take a look at how he performed here.”
After England suffered an early wicket loss with Zak Crawley, the partnership between Lees and Pope became more important. On Day 3, the tandem laid the groundwork for the remainder of the batting team by providing a solid foundation.