Harry Brook Signs Extension with Yorkshire CCC
Prodigiously talented batsman Harry Brook has signed a new two-year contract extension with the Club, which will see him remain at Emerald Headingley until the end of 2021.
Brook enjoyed an encouraging breakthrough season in Yorkshire’s first team in 2018, his standout innings being a brilliant second-innings century in an early season Specsavers County Championship win over Essex at Chelmsford. In First-Class cricket, the 19-year-old scored 575 runs at an average of 25.00.
A product of the Burley-in-Wharfedale club, and Sedbergh School, Brook has been involved with the Club ever since making his U13s debut in 2012 and, speaking from his winter base in Sydney, is thrilled to have committed his medium-term future to the White Rose.
“It’s a huge honour to be playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said. “To make it another three years is brilliant and having that security will enable me to go out and express myself on the field.
“It has been quality and every minute of it has been so good. Being around the senior players, learning as much as possible and just trying to play the best cricket I can at this moment in time. It has been brilliant. I’m looking forward to more of the same in the future.
“Yorkshire is the biggest club in the world and to be able to represent the county is a huge honour. I’m just so privileged. There have been some big players who have come through Yorkshire and have gone on to be successful with England. Hopefully I can continue to contribute towards the success of this great club.”
Brook’s initial chance came on the back of a string of impressive second XI and Academy scores - 127, 47 not out, 126, 112, 37 and 161 in six straight innings - including a breathtaking match-winning century in the second-team one-day Trophy final against Middlesex at Emerald Headingley in mid-2017. Brook made his debut later that summer in a Championship defeat against Middlesex at Lord’s, scoring 38 from number three in the order.
But it was 2018 which saw his rise to prominence continue apace.
He added: “I had a good start, I got a couple of fifties and a hundred at the start of the year and then it dropped off and I ended up with just short of 600 runs. That’s okay for the first year but there’s never enough runs to be had, you can always try and get more and that’s what I’ll be doing next year.
“It was a reasonably successful season for me, but I’m quite harsh on myself, so I’ll never be happy with any end result.
“The highlight of last year for me was the century down at Chelmsford, winning the game after being bowled out for 50. It was a remarkable effort.”
Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon was all too pleased to have secured the services of yet another talented Academy product for the next few years.
“He’s obviously someone we see as having a great future in the game,” he said. “He’s such a naturally talented young cricketer. It’s important we don’t underestimate his bowling as well. He hasn’t bowled much in the first-team yet but he’s certainly capable. He’s a good fielder and an extremely talented batsman as well. We expect him to learn from his experience of last year and grow in the game and become an outstanding player.
“He's someone we’ve seen for a few years and has certainly got talent. He’s captained the England U19s and we gave him the opportunity which he deserved because of the volume of runs he scored in the Second XI.
“His talent is there for all to see and he now needs to learn how the game works and develop his game around what is required to be a First-Class cricketer and hopefully an international cricketer in the future.
“He’s come through the system, has had good grounding at Sedbergh School through Martin Speight, the coaches there and our development coaches. He’s ready now in 2019 to make a big impact on the season within our team.”
Brook is currently warming up for 2019 with a winter spell in Sydney Grade Cricket for the University of New South Wales club.
He continued: “It’s really good and I’m enjoying every minute of it. The cricket has been good and the social life has been even better. For me it’s about playing as much cricket as possible at a young age. I’m trying to learn my game and being by myself for five or six months in Sydney is a great opportunity to take some responsibility for my development.
“Off the field, I’m living on my own, cooking for myself and just learning to live really. I’m hoping to buy my own house when I get back to the UK. It’s the little things like washing and cleaning, stuff that I’m not used to. I’m sure it will all prove very helpful.”
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