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Bears fast bowler Henry Brookes signs three-year extension

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Warwickshire County Cricket Club has secured the long-term future of homegrown fast bowler Henry Brookes, who has signed a three-year contract extension to remain a Bear until at least the end of the 2024 season.

Brookes (21) signed his first professional contract in 2017 and has gone on to take 103 wickets across all formats and was part of the England white ball training group ahead of last summer’s international programme.

“Henry has the opportunity to be a leader of the Bears attack for many years to come,” said Warwickshire Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace. “As a player who lives and breathes Warwickshire cricket, we’re delighted that he has committed to the Club long-term.”

“Whilst he’s only 21 he’s got a lot of experience, with 55 senior appearances across all formats to date, and last season he established himself as an excellent death bowler in T20 cricket.

“Unfortunately, the upcoming surgery on his injured quad is sadly going to mean that he plays no further part in our 2021 campaign. However, Henry has an excellent character and he will come back stronger from this experience, ready to play a big role in 2022 and beyond.”

Schooled at St Alphege and Tudor Grange in Solihull, Brookes came into the Warwickshire performance pathway at the under 10s age group whilst playing for Olton & West Warwickshire Cricket Club. He subsequently progressed through the county age group teams and into the Academy, whilst also making the move to Knowle & Dorridge CC to play Birmingham & District Premier League cricket.

“I’m incredibly proud whenever I get the opportunity to take to the field for the Bears,” said Henry Brookes.

“It’s my home county and I’m thrilled to commit long-term, having originally come through the age group teams.

“Whilst the injury situation is naturally frustrating, we’re building nicely as a team and I’ll come back from this setback stronger. I hope that I can play a big part in bringing silverware to Edgbaston in the years ahead.”

Brookes will undergo surgery on the left quad and tendon tear in the coming days, with the expectation that he will be out of action for the next three months, missing the remainder of the season for the Bears and for the inaugural season of The Hundred with Birmingham Phoenix.