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Harry Cherrington Brook

Date of birth: February 22, 1999, Keighley, Yorkshire
Role: Right-handed batsman, right-arm medium
Nickname: Brooky
County Cap:
County Debut: Yorkshire v Pakistan A at Leeds, Jun 26-29, 2016
First Class: Yorkshire v Pakistan A at Leeds, Jun 26-29, 2016

County Stats (19/20 season)

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  • Harry Brook is fast becoming a batsman to be reckoned with.

    Still in the infancy of his career, he is starting to turn promise into performances, highlighted by one particular innings right at the end of 2020.

    In the final game of the shortest of summers, Brook united with Joe Root to secure a come-from-behind T20 Blast win over Derbyshire at Emerald Headingley.

    The pair shared an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 91 in 8.2 overs, recovering from 80-4 in the 12th to chase 168.

    It was a dead rubber fixture. However, its importance for Brook, whose 50 not out marked his maiden 20-over half-century, was huge.

    It capped off a summer in which he encouraged in both formats, showing an increased maturity in his game.

    He also saw Yorkshire home in the season opening Bob Willis Trophy game against Durham at Emirates Riverside with an unbeaten 66 as the visitors chased 171 on the final day.

    Ahead of 2021, Brook, who bowls part-time medium pacers, has three first-team hundreds to his name – two in the Championship and one in the Royal London one-day Cup.

    The best of them was the now 22-year-old’s first – a brilliant second-innings century in an early season County Championship win over Essex at Chelmsford in 2018 when Yorkshire had been bowled out for 50 in the first innings.

    That was his breakthrough summer having debuted in the Championship the campaign before.

    A batsman who likes to impose himself on attacks, especially spinners, Brook captained England’s under 19s captain at the one-day World Cup in New Zealand in early 2018.

    A product of the Burley-in-Wharfedale club, he honed his skills during his time at Sedbergh School under the keen eye of former Durham player Martin Speight.

    Brook’s run of scores to earn him a Championship debut, incorporating second XI and league cricket for the county’s Academy side, read: 127, 47 not out, 126, 112, 37 and 161 in six innings.

    His 112 came off 103 balls in a second-team one-day final win over Middlesex, while the 161 came in a three-day draw against arch rivals Lancashire – both as an opener.

    He played age-group cricket from under 13s and came through the Yorkshire Academy.

    He will play for the Northern Superchargers in the 2021 Hundred competition.