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Alex Lees believes his tough experience in the West Indies has helped him to become a better Test match opener for England, and is now hoping to take that confidence into this month's South Africa series.
The Durham batsman made just 126 runs in six innings in the three-match series in the Caribbean, returning an average of 21 and a high score of 31.
But the 29-year-old has shown his batting credentials on more familiar territory under the guidance of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes with half-centuries in England's wins against New Zealand and India earlier this summer.
Alex Lees believes his tough experience in the West Indies has helped him this summer
The Durham batsman made just 126 runs in six innings in the series in the Caribbean
And Lees - who was talking as he took part in a media net session with Durham Cricket partners Vertu Motors - credited the 'valuable learning' in the Caribbean as a significant factor in the transformation of his fortunes.
Asked whether he felt he would not have smashed a half-century against India at Edgbaston without his struggles in the Caribbean, he said: 'Absolutely. The West Indies series looking back now was valuable learning for me and I think you need to learn.