Bairstow backed to succeed

May 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment


Northamptonshire seamer Jack Brooks is encouraged by Jonny Bairstow’s England call-up and will strive to reach that level.

Brooks impressed for his county in Division Two last season – taking 43 wickets at 21.90 – and has picked up where he left off at the start of the current campaign.

The 27-year-old has taken 20 wickets in four matches for Northants and impressed for England Lions in their victory over West Indies. He took three wickets in each innings as England’s emerging side stunned the tourists.

Brooks accepted he has his work cut out forcing his way into the Test line-up – with quality bowlers like Steven Finn, Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan struggling to nail down a place – but does not believe the door is closed.

“It’s very difficult to get into England’s Test side, probably more so for a fast bowler than a batsman,” Brooks told sport news reporters.

“But if you put the performances in, your name is in the hat for when somebody gets injured or is dropped.”

England go into the game as heavy favourites according to online betting  markets, with the Windies struggling on recent tours to the country. The cool, early summer conditions will also play into the hosts’ hands.

The England hopeful performed alongside Jade Dernbach, Matt Coles and Stuart Meaker in the tour match on his home ground and was happy with his feedback.

“The (England) selectors said I bowled very well and stood out from the guys that bowled, who all bowled well. It’s a case of not trying too hard and worrying about it,” he added.
While he enjoyed the experience, Brooks conceded his best hope was to perform consistently for his county.

“I’ve just got to carry on taking wickets for Northants and try to catch the eye of the selectors,” Brooks said.

“A chance may well come, with England playing with three seam bowlers and (potentially) a few injuries (during) the heavy international schedule for the next 18 months. I’d hope my name would be in the frame.”

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