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Brooks ready for a rest

— 26 June 2014

YORKSHIRE will rest Jack Brooks during an intense week of NatWest T20 Blast cricket as they look to preserve their leading wicket-taker for the final six LV= County Championship matches of 2014.

  • Brooks will miss some, if not all, of the Vikings’ five NatWest Blast matches in eight days, starting with Friday’s sold-out Roses clash with Lancashire at Headingley.

    The 30-year-old seamer has 42 Championship wickets to his name, more than anybody else in Division One.

    But captain Andrew Gale believes Brooks is now ready for a well-earned rest after spearheading Yorkshire’s attack this season, including grabbing his 200th first-class wicket at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

    He said: “Jack’s hitting a wall now. We’re probably going to leave him out of some of the Twenty20s over the next week or so.

    “We’ve got maybe a ten-day break from Championship cricket with five Twenty20s, so it’s the ideal opportunity to let him put his feet up because he’s going to be a big asset for us in the second half of the year.

  • “We’re going to need him. You’ve seen what he can do. He’s one of those bowlers who one spell can bowl a bag of rubbish and the next he comes on and gets three wickets in an over.

    “He might play every Championship game from now on. The schedule actually calms down a bit now Championship-wise.
    “He probably won’t play every Twenty20 but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to win. It’s an ideal time to give him a rest.”

    Since moving from Northamptonshire ahead of 2013, Brooks has taken 76 wickets in 21 Championship matches, including 34 from 11 last season.

    With Ryan Sidebottom fit again after a hamstring injury and Tim Bresnan okay to resume playing duties following an injection on a sore elbow, Yorkshire are not short of bowling options across the next week.

    Off-spinner Azeem Rafiq will also be back in T20 contention, having been left out of the Championship win over Warwickshire for Karl Carver.