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Full name Jack Alexander Brooks
Born June 4, 1984, Oxford
Current age 30 years 144 days
Major teams England Lions, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire 2nd XI, Oxfordshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|First-class debut||Northamptonshire v Australians at Northampton, Jul 24-26, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northamptonshire v Warwickshire at Northampton, Aug 31, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, Aug 28, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Warwickshire v Northamptonshire at Birmingham, Jun 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Lancashire v Yorkshire at Manchester, Jun 6, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|21, 1/69, 0*, 3/46||Yorkshire||v Somerset||Leeds||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|4/58, 2/64||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|3/64, 3/61||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|1/46, 0||Yorkshire||v Durham||Leeds||28 Aug 2014||LA|
|3/30||Yorkshire||v Hampshire||Southampton||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/100, 15, 1/68||Yorkshire||v Sussex||Scarborough||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|1/43||Yorkshire||v Essex||Scarborough||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/26||Yorkshire||v Leics||Leicester||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/34||Yorkshire||v Worcs||Leeds||7 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/36||Yorkshire||v Northants||Northampton||5 Aug 2014||LA|
A village cricketer until the age of 20, Jack Brooks made his way through Minor County Oxfordshire and Surrey's second XI before he was signed by Northamptonshire after impressing at a net trial in 2008. From that point his do-or-die bowling style and distinctive white headband made him one of the characters of the county circuit.
He soon slotted into the second XI as an energetic right-arm seamer and competent batsman at No. 8 or 9, and his potential allround value was evident from his very first game for the second XI, in which he cracked 43 and picked up 6 for 99 against Warwickshire. The following year he made his first-class debut against the touring Australians, clean bowling Andrew McDonald and having Mitchell Johnson caught in the slips in the course of one over.
His Championship debut a month later was even more impressive, as he picked up 4 for 76 and 1 for 38 to contribute towards a tight, two-wicket win over Derbyshire at Chesterfield. Brooks was given more opportunities in the first XI in 2010, particularly after the departure of Johan van der Wath, and started the season in pleasant circumstance, cracking his maiden first-class half-century against Gloucestershire in April as Northants won by 94 runs. Although he has struggled for incisiveness in one-day cricket, Brooks has enjoyed appreciable success in four-day and Twenty20 cricket and is maturing into a consistent performer with the new ball.
In 2011, Brooks took 43 first-class wickets at 21.90 and recorded new best figures of 5 for 23 as he helped bowl Leicestershire out for 48 at Grace Road. Following his successful season he earned a call-up to the England Performance Programme and at the end of 2012 activated a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave Northamptonshire with a view to furthering his international ambitions, choosing Yorkshire over a clutch of other counties who had expressed an interest in adding him to their squad.
He made a good impression in his first season at Yorkshire despite a season affected by a broken hand suffered against Somerset at Headingley as he almost conjured a win out of nothing. He took 34 Championship wickets and become only the second Yorkshire bowler to take five wickets in a Twenty20 match - in a home win over Leicestershire. He won his Yorkshire cap in early August.
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