A fit and firing Jack Brooks says he is excited about the challenge that will come with increased competition for places within Yorkshire’s fast bowling department.
Brooks and his team-mates have returned home from a successful pre-season training camp in South Africa.
The experienced seamer gained both valuable overs with the ball and time at the crease with the bat, scoring a century in the final day of match action at the weekend – an intra-squad two-day fixture.
Brooks endured a largely frustrating summer in 2017, sparked by an injury-ravaged pre-season.
But, prior to leaving South Africa earlier this week, he said: “I don’t think this one could have gone any better personally.
“Physically I’m in a much better position than I was last year (calf injury which meant he missed the start of the season).
“This winter I’ve concentrated on getting as fit and as strong as possible, and I’ve got myself in fantastic shape. I got myself through the trip with seriously good workloads under my belt.
“I don’t envy the captain and coach because there’s such strong competition for places.
“When I came to the club six years ago, I wanted to come into a strong and competitive squad that was able to challenge for all three trophies, and that hasn’t changed.
“We’ve gone through the period where we had a strong nucleus of senior players for three or four years on the trot, and now a lot of those guys are coming towards the end or have already packed up.