Alex Lees has spoken of his delight at being called up the England Lions to face Australia this weekend.
The Yorkshire opener, 20, has been rewarded for a stunning breakthrough year in the LV= County Championship, which has included a stunning 275 not out against Derbyshire at Chesterfield last month.
He became the county’s youngest ever double centurion, beating previous record holder Richard Blakey.
It has contributed to a haul of 473 runs from six matches. His first hundred came against Middlesex at Lord’s of all places.
Lees has been joined in the Lions team to play a two-day match at Northampton on Friday and Saturday by Yorkshire colleagues Liam Plunkett and Gary Ballance. It was originally due to be Northamptonshire v the Aussies before the Steelbacks qualified for Friends Life t20 Finals Day at Edgbaston.
“I’m really pleased, and am looking forward to it,” said the Halifax-born player, who was picked out as one to watch at the start of the season by club president and former England opener Geoffrey Boycott.
“Obviously playing in my first season, I didn’t expect it. But it’s a nice added bonus for all the hard work that’s gone in. I’m not getting too far ahead of myself. Hopefully I can keep putting in the performances for Yorkshire.
“I’m really looking forward to playing Australia. I don’t think they’ll have a full team out, but their squad players will be playing, and it will be a really good test. I’m sure it will be a good game.”