Trust your instinct, listen to others - Alex Lees on captaincy

Alex Lees took over as Yorkshire captain in Twenty20 and one-day cricket earlier this season and he reveals that a mix of self-belief and taking on board what others are advising are key components to leading the side.

"I think you have to trust your gut instinct and take advice from those around you, particularly senior players," Lees said, speaking at the Pro Coach Academy at Headingley.

"I was very fortunate that I had Kane Williamson who was obviously a Test captain.

"Even though he is 25 himself, he has a lot of experience and he's helped guide me through, particularly in the T20 competition."

And so far, so good for Lees and Yorkshire, who have reached the quarter-finals of both the Royal London One-Day Cup and the NatWest T20 Blast this season.

Despite having the added responsibility of leading the side, Lees says it is still important to enjoy the game.

"Trust your gut, listen to others, take in advice and ultimately you've got to enjoy it," he advises.

"You have the responsibility of captaincy, (but) you've still got to play your cricket and enjoy what you are doing."

Captaincy is more than just deciding on when to change the field, and there are now off-field responsibilities too, but Lees reckons he has most of those covered, thanks to his team-mates.

"I have to lead on and off the field.

"I'm very fortunate because we have a great group of lads here at Yorkshire, so in regards to that it's quite an easy off-field role."

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