Jack Brooks

Country: England
Born: June 04, 1984, Oxford
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast
Playing role: Bowler

Jack Brooks Bio

Jack Alexander Brooks, fondly known as “The Headband Warrior,” is a prominent cricket player hailing from England. His remarkable performances in Yorkshire’s Championship victories of 2014 and 2015 made him a key figure in the team. With 68 wickets in 2014, he came second only to Steve Magoffin, Sussex’s Australian seamer. Additionally, in the following year, he secured the fourth-highest tally of wickets. Brooks’ attacking style, consistently delivering full-of-a-length balls, not only showcased his talent but also won over the hearts of the Yorkshire public. His charismatic and crowd-pleasing nature defied the notion that there were no characters left in the county cricket circuit.

After the conclusion of the 2018 season, Brooks decided to join Somerset, where he swiftly became a respected and beloved senior professional player. Unfortunately, his time at the club has been marred by injuries. However, he remains determined and committed to continue playing until the age of at least 39, having recently signed an extension covering the 2023 summer season.

Before entering professional cricket, Brooks began his cricketing journey as a village cricketer, only making his way into the limelight at the age of 20. He progressed through Minor County Oxfordshire and Surrey’s second XI before catching the attention of Northamptonshire. His impressive performance during a net trial in 2008 led to his signing with the team. Since then, his do-or-die bowling style and iconic white headband have made him one of the most recognizable figures on the county cricket circuit.

Brooks initially found his place in the second XI as an energetic right-arm seamer and a competent lower-order batsman. In his very first game for the second XI, he displayed immense potential by scoring 43 runs and picking up six wickets against Warwickshire. His first-class debut against the touring Australian team further highlighted his talent as he clean bowled Andrew McDonald and had Mitchell Johnson caught in the slips within the span of a single over.

A month later, in his Championship debut, Brooks exhibited an even more impressive performance, taking four wickets against Derbyshire. His contributions played a crucial role in securing a tight two-wicket victory for Northamptonshire at Chesterfield. In 2010, he received more opportunities in the first XI, especially after Johan van der Wath’s departure. Brooks started the season on a positive note, scoring his maiden first-class half-century against Gloucestershire in April, leading Northants to a 94-run win. While he faced challenges in one-day cricket, Brooks enjoyed considerable success in four-day and Twenty20 cricket, gradually becoming a consistent performer with the new ball.

In 2011, Brooks claimed 43 first-class wickets at an average of 21.90. His outstanding performance included recording his personal best figures of 5 for 23, helping bowl Leicestershire out for a mere 48 runs at Grace Road. These accomplishments earned him a call-up to the England Performance Programme. At the end of 2012, Brooks exercised a clause in his contract, granting him the opportunity to leave Northamptonshire and pursue his international ambitions. Among several interested counties, he opted to join Yorkshire, where he made an impressive debut season, despite enduring a fractured hand injury during a match against Somerset at Headingley. Notably, he nearly orchestrated an improbable victory for the team. With 34 Championship wickets to his name, Brooks emerged as only the second Yorkshire bowler to claim five wickets in a Twenty20 match, contributing to a home win over Leicestershire. He was awarded his Yorkshire cap in early August, and his impactful performances played a significant role in securing consecutive Championship titles for Yorkshire.

While Brooks’ efforts did not catch the attention of the national team, apart from a Lions tour to South Africa, his contributions on the field were undeniably outstanding. Humble in his approach, Brooks often referred to himself as “a bit of a village idiot from Tiddington” who simply got lucky. However, his skill and talent surpassed such self-deprecating humor.

Jack Brooks has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on English cricket, captivating fans with his attacking style, memorable headband, and thrilling performances. As he continues his cricketing journey with Somerset, fans eagerly await the revival of his career, hoping to witness his incredible talent once again.

Jack Brooks Career Stats

Jack Brooks Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 154 193 67 2103 109* 16.69 3551 59.22 1 5 269 33 35 0
List A 51 23 7 152 28 9.5 208 73.07 0 0 13 2 6 0
T20s 76 14 8 77 33* 12.83 67 114.92 0 0 8 1 19 0

Jack Brooks Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 154 263 25084 14690 531 6/65 9/84 27.66 3.51 47.2 27 22 0
List A 51 50 2319 1942 58 4/38 4/38 33.48 5.02 39.9 1 0 0
T20s 76 75 1429 1852 72 5/21 5/21 25.72 7.77 19.8 2 1 0

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