Harry Brook’s calmness at the crease is one of his greatest qualities, says Australian star Chris Lynn.
Brook added another special performance to his memorable summer whilst playing for the Northern Superchargers in the Hundred at Emerald Headingley on Saturday.
Yorkshire’s 22-year-old hit an unbeaten 47 off 30 balls to steer his side to a win over Oval Invincibles as they chased 128 on a sluggish pitch.
He shared a third-wicket partnership of 74 with Lynn, whose well known power game was stifled during a run-a-ball 48.
Brook has now scored 1,218 runs in 31 innings across all formats for both Yorkshire and the Superchargers this summer, catching many an eye, including Lynn.
“Mate, he’s awesome to watch,” said the Queenslander. “He’s unbelievable.
“He’s hitting the ball 360 degrees off guys that bowl 150 (kilometres per hour) and also off spin. That’s pretty rare for a young kid.
“I had the best seat in the house at the other end!”
A major feature of Brook’s game this year has been his ability to see innings through, like he did against the Oval side.
In late June and early July, he was not out in three Vitality Blast games for the Vikings, posting scores of 45 not out in a win over Northamptonshire, 28 not out in defeat at Birmingham and an unbeaten 91 in victory over Lancashire.
“For me, it’s his calmness at the crease that’s so impressive,” said Lynn.
“Guys at the other end might not be hitting it that well, but he absorbs the pressure as well as anyone I’ve seen.”
He continued: “I’ve got to know Brooky quite well off the field.
“When I was a young kid coming through, it was quite important to get around the senior players. And he’s done that quite well. He’s not shy to ask questions, and I’ve been drawn to that, which is exciting.
“It also helps my game as well because I haven’t played a hell of a lot of cricket lately.
“I only played one game in the IPL for Mumbai and then had a bit of a break.
“Talking to players like that helps me understand conditions better.
“He’s put in back-to-back innings at the start of the tournament. If you are going to play for your country, you have to keep doing that.
“But the flipside is that teams are going to see more and more footage of him.
“That’s a great opportunity for him to throw the next punch.
“It’s been brilliant that he’s got a start this year. Now let’s keep chipping away while keeping two feet on the ground.
“But man of the match performances like that (last night) are going to take him a long way.”