AFTER an impressive start to the County Championship season, Durham batsman Alex Lees remains fully focused on domestic matters and admits he won’t be distracted by potential future call-ups to the England set up.

Lees made his test debut last month against the West Indies where England fell short. After drawing the first two, England went on to lose the third and final test by ten wickets. It meant they’ve now won four of their last 20 test matches.

The 28-year-old returned to Durham for the County Championship opening game of the season and batted an unbeaten 182 against Glamorgan, which was his highest first-class score for Durham. That put them in the driving seat but unfortunately, a rain affected tie saw the home side cling on for a draw in Wales.

While the result was frustrating, Lees told BBC Radio Newcastle: "Delighted with my personal start, and hopefully at some point in my Durham career I'll get a double (hundred), though it was pretty disappointing with the weather as a whole.

"We planned to bat a decent rate (on the final day) and have a good go at them, but in the end we were probably 50 to 70 runs short of what we wanted though we still gave ourselves half a chance.”

Despite pulling on the shirt for his international side, he understands he is braced for a hectic fixture schedule closer to home as Lees continued: “I think my main focus is to play for Durham now, we’ve got six games in a row to follow, seven in seven weeks. Delighted with my start personally, but my job is to get my head down for Durham and hopefully show some good form in this period. 

“I absolutely loved (playing for England). The environment and the experience was amazing. We were disappointed not to get the win, which was something we were desperate to gain, but from a personal point of view it is a childhood dream to represent your country.

“I was lucky enough to have my family come out to support, my kids saw me play, it was amazing on all fronts.”

England’s next test series is against New Zealand at the beginning of June on home soil. Elsewhere, Durham are back at the Riverside Ground later this week when they host Leicestershire.