With just over three months pre-season training under his belt and becoming part of Yorkshire’s assault on the County Championship in 2013, fast bowler Jack Brooks is looking forward to a big year with his new employers.
The 28-year-old, who was the mainstay of Northamptonshire’s bowling attack for the last four seasons, believes heading to the White Rose will give him a new lease of life in the north of England.
“It is great to be at Yorkshire, “ said Brooks. “The boys have been very welcoming and I’ve settled in quickly. They are a good bunch and are hungry for success.
“This is the next stage in my development and all I want to do is perform to my best, win some silverware and hopefully get back into the England set-up.
My aim is to try and take 50 championship wickets, but if I can finish the season fit and help Yorkshire to win a trophy then that will be perfect for me.”
With the opportunity of playing his cricket in the LV= County Championship first division for the first time in his career, Brooks believes that success in the top flight could help his realise his ambition of gaining further representative honours.
“Hopefully this move will get me back into the (England) set-up. If I can get some wickets for Yorkshire in Division One, hopefully people will sit up and take notice of me a bit more,” added Brooks.
“As long as I get more wickets, then I’ll be well in the mix, I would hope. It’s nice for me to come here with a new challenge, trying to prove myself as a cricketer and be part of a successful team.”
After sustaining an Achilles injury, which curtailed the second half of last season, Brooks has rehabilitated well and feels he is getting back to the fitness levels that will benefit Yorkshire this term.
“I feel a lot better now and it won’t be long before I’m back to full fitness,” he said. “I’ve had to take things easy but luckily there is no long-term damage and come our pre-season trip to Barbados in March I’ll be ready for action.”