Brooks signs new Yorkshire contract

Jack Brooks took 3-22
Jack Brooks took 3-22

Seamer Jack Brooks has signed a new contract with Yorkshire, which will keep him at Headingley until at least December 2017.

The 30-year-old, who recently returned from the England Lions tour of South Africa, was the club’s leading wicket taker in Championship cricket last season with 68 wickets at an average of 28.

Later this month, he will be looking to start the summer campaign with some strong performances during Yorkshire’s pre-season tour of the United Arab Emirates including the Champion County curtain raiser against the MCC commencing on Sunday March 22 in Abu Dhabi.

“I am thrilled to have signed a new contract with Yorkshire,” said Brooks.

“I am enjoying my cricket and have had a brilliant 18 months with the club.

“There is a great vibe around the place and I am confident with the quality of players we have here, we can continue to be force in game.

Brooks enjoyed a superb 2014 at Headingley

Brooks enjoyed a superb 2014 at Headingley

“It would be fantastic to repeat our efforts from last season and give it a real good push to retain our title in the County Championship.

“The hard work will start in Abu Dhabi and Dubai over the next few weeks.

“We want to get off to a winning start and build momentum going into the new season.

“The facilities in the UAE are world-class and will be beneficial to our preparation

It would be fantastic to repeat our efforts from last season and give it a real good push to retain our title in the County Championship

Jack Brooks

“It should be a vibrant tour with lots of cricket to be played in a variety of formats.

“It is ideal preparation for us and when you consider the squad the MCC have selected, we will have to be at our best to compete.

“It will give us a true indication of where we are at as a side and just what we need to have a real go at the start of the domestic season.”

Yorkshire travel to the UAE on Thursday and will play a number of games against county opposition including Lancashire Lightning in the Emirates Airlines t20 tournament on Friday March 20 and the four-day Champion County match against the MCC XI, featuring England captain Alastair Cook, starting on Sunday March 22 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.