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Brook among Yorkshire trio spending winter in Australia

— 5 October 2018

Harry Brook will be spending his entire winter trying to get one over the Aussies, so he might as well start early against Hobart Hurricanes tomorrow.

The Yorkshire batsman, 19, is flying from Abu Dhabi to Sydney on Sunday for a winter of grade cricket with the University of New South Wales Club.

Brook will fly with team-mates Jordan Thompson and Matthew Waite, who are playing for Mosman and Bankstown respectively.

It means that all three could come up against either or both David Warner and Steve Smith as they begin their comebacks from bans for ball tampering.

Warner is playing for Randwick Petersham and Smith for Sutherland, where Shane Watson also plays and Jack Leaning has spent a winter or two.

“I’m going to Sydney on a horrible 13 or 14 hour flight!” smiled Brook.

“But it should be good, and I’m really looking forward to it.

“My agent has sorted it out. There’s an Academy I’m going on as well called IPC Sydney, and I’m going on that with Tommo and Waitey.

“I think we train two or three times a week and get to play with some other English lads.”

On the prospect of facing the likes of Smith, Warner and Watson, Brook said: “You want to play against the best players and learn as much as you can from them.

“I think my team are playing Warner’s at the minute and got them out quite cheaply.

“I won’t get to play against him unfortunately, but I should come up against Smith and Watson. They are all good experiences.”

  • Brook was speaking ahead of Yorkshire’s clash with Big Bash finalists Hobart in the Abu Dhabi T20 tomorrow morning (8am UK time).

    It is a Group A fixture which is a dead rubber given Lahore have already qualified for the evening final.

    Lahore beat Hobart earlier today and cannot be caught at the top of the group.

    Brook top-scored with a brisk 37 in the Lahore defeat yesterday, a score which enhanced a trend for him in the early stages of his T20 career.

    He batted eight times in this summer’s Vitality Blast, with his first five innings being 44, 20, 38, 33 and 18.

    He said: “I thought I did alright, but I didn’t really kick on. I got a few thirties and forties, but they don’t get you the wins, the big money and the next game.

    “If I can kick on from them and get the seventies, eighties or even hundreds, I’ll be laughing. They’re the match-winning knocks.”

    Brook’s maiden summer was highlighted by his brilliant second-innings century in the remarkable come from behind Championship win over Essex at Chelmsford in May when Yorkshire were bowled out for 50 in the first innings.

    “We always go out with confidence against every team we play against. It’s just the nature of T20 cricket – one day you’ll win and the next you’ll lose.

    “That’s been the best thing I’ve done so far on a cricket field, and hopefully there’s more to come.

    “I think I did well in patches. I got that hundred at Essex and a couple of other fifties – Hampshire and Lancs.

    “But my consistency wasn’t as good as it should have been. That comes with experience of playing more and getting to know opposition more.

    “I didn’t do as well as I wanted to at the end, but I can’t really complain. I played most of the year and only missed one game.”

    The Club would like to place on record its thanks for the Supporters Association who donated £1400 to pay towards the players’ trip.

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