Harry Brook wasn’t in the best of moods when he found out he had been drafted by the Northern Superchargers for this summer’s Hundred. Safe to say, that mood improved pretty quickly.
“We were doing a scenario session in training at Headingley. If you are out, you are out,” explained Yorkshire’s young batting star, with a chuckle.
“And Ian Dews had just given me out lbw when I wasn’t. So I was in a pretty foul mood.
“But Andrew Gale came up to me and said, ‘Have you checked your phone?’ I hadn’t. Anyway, he told me the news and gave me a fist bump.
“It was all pretty fast going, I have to admit.
“And I was still pretty pee’d off about being given out. It was an inside edge. I reckon Dewsy must have been umpiring with a blindfold on!
Brook and Matthew Fisher were amongst the five Superchargers selections from Monday’s final draft, with the news delivered shortly afterwards.
“I didn’t really feel like it was true,” he said. “It was pretty surreal. I got a confirmation email a couple of hours later, and I was pretty buzzy. Ecstatic is the word I’d use.
“Going into the draft, I had my mindset on not getting picked up. Thankfully, I did.”
Brook said he was given no prior clue of any Superchargers interest. But now the 22-year-old from Burley-in-Wharfedale will be lining up alongside the likes of Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn and Ben Stokes in July and August.
“You only have to look at the players who will be in it to see how big the competition’s going to be,” he said.
“There are some of the best players in the world involved, and there will be a lot of people wanting to come and watch. Thankfully it looks like we will have crowds back as well, which is brilliant.”
And for a player making his way in the game, the opportunity to learn will be significant.
“Absolutely, it’s going to be amazing in that sense,” he said.
“I learnt such a lot from playing in our Blast last year when Rooty came back to play for us and scored quite a few runs.
“It’s so easy to learn things off the best players because they do it so easily.”
And there was definite proof of that last September for the former England under 19s captain, when he hit a match-winning 50 not out in the final game of the season – a Vitality Blast win over Derbyshire when he and Joe Root united with success.
“That was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, learning curves I’ve ever had in county cricket,” he said. “I was very happy with that last innings.
“We’ve had a bit of a struggle chasing in the past, so it was nice to get over the line and get the win for the boys (chasing 168 from 80-4 in the 12th over).
“I just feel in T20 cricket, I’ve been a bit reckless with my batting in the past. But I just tried to conserve myself a bit more – less risk for higher reward. I was really happy with that.
“Watching Rooty in the games beforehand was where I learnt the most. I don’t think he hit a ball in the air in some of the games, yet he was still striking at 140 or 150 (runs per 100 balls).”
Prior to the Hundred, however, is the more important matter of County Championship and T20 Blast cricket with Yorkshire.
“Playing for Yorkshire and doing well is my main goal,” he added.
“Hopefully it’s a big summer for me. I want to score as many runs as I can and win matches.
“It’s been a good winter. I’d much rather be playing some cricket abroad, but I feel like I’ve improved and am getting to know my game better. I’m in a good place.”
And, of course, having learnt so much from playing with Root last summer, he could be playing against him this year when the Northern Superchargers meet the Trent Rockets at Trent Bridge on July 26.
“I haven’t really thought about it like that,” Brook added. “It’s still not sunk in yet. I’m still checking my emails to see if it’s true!”