Jack Alexander Brooks
Jack Alexander Brooks
June 4, 1984, Oxford
Right-hand Bat, Right-arm Medium Fast
Brooksy, Head Band Warrior
When you compare the early stages of Jack Brooks’s career with that of his Leeds housemate, Liam Plunkett, it is like chalk and cheese. But the fast bowler has done his best to make up for lost time with Northamptonshire and England Lions.
While Plunkett was playing Test cricket at the age of 20, Brooks, famed for wearing headbands, was still on the village greens of Oxfordshire at the same age.
He has since taken every step up in his stride, and had been a Yorkshire target for a couple of years before putting pen to paper on a three-year contract at Headingley in September of 2012 after opting to leave Wantage Road.
Brooks played second XI cricket for Surrey and Minor Counties cricket for Oxfordshire, but got his big break with Northants when he impressed in a net trial in 2008.
He made his first-class debut in 2009 against the touring Australians, and has since gone on to play for the Lions 12 times.
An aggressive bowler who bowls ‘a heavy ball’, Brooks has a first-class career best analysis of 5-23 under his belt. He was even mentored by Australian legend Dennis Lillee at a bowling camp in India during the early stages of 2011.
2004 - Made his Minor Counties debut for home county Oxfordshire against Wales Minor Counties.
2008 - Played twice for Surrey seconds in May, took five wickets for Oxfordshire in July and snared 6-99 in the second innings of his debut for Northants seconds against Warwickshire ten days later having impressed for them during trials.
2009 - Made his first-class bow against a strong Australian side in July, and his maiden wickets were those of all-rounders Andrew McDonald and Mitchell Johnson in the same over. Debuted in the Championship less than a month later, taking 4-76 in the first innings of a win against Derbyshire.
2010 - Scored his only first-class fifty to date during the second Championship match of the season against Gloucestershire in April. He claimed 37 first-class wickets in the summer before travelling to Chennai to work with Dennis Lillee. It was a trip funded by the Northants Supporters Club, who raised £1,000.
2011 - A haul of 43 first-class wickets, including a career best 5-23 against Leicestershire in June, earned him a place on the England Performance Programme camp later in the year.
2012 - Took 14 wickets in eleven matches for the England Lions on their tours of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the UAE in January and February, but injury restricted him to only 29 wickets during his last season with Northants. Attracted interest from a whole host of counties when he activated a release clause in his contract at Wantage Road, but chose Yorkshire.