Who is Jack Brooks? Nicknamed ‘The Headband Warrior’ on account of his distinctive headband he wears playing cricket and his warrior-like style, Brooks has brought colour and class to English county cricket. He is proof that there are still cricket playing characters in the game and he always loves to entertain the crowd. When Brooks takes a wicket (often in thrilling bursts a la England’s Stuart Broad style ), his joy is clear in celebrations that threaten to send him leaping into the nearest stand.
The former Northants fast bowler, who has taken 409 first-class wickets in 114 matches at an average of 27.52, has also taken 37 List A wickets and 47 wickets in the T20 Blast. He also has a first-class century to his name, his unbeaten 109 against Lancashire in the Roses Match at Old Trafford in 2017.
For six glorious years, he was indeed the “king of the hill”, “top of the heap”, as he prepares once more to make “a brand new start of it”. Signing off with a final burst... TO say that Jack Brooks signed off in style as a Yorkshire player is an understatement of significant proportions. After his move to Somerset was announced in late August, Brooks took 25 wickets in his last five matches, finishing as Yorkshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker for the fourth time in his six-year spell. Brooks ended the season with 51 Championship wickets from 13 games at an average of 28.03, including five five-wicket hauls. In his final match, against Worcestershire at New Road last week, he achieved his second-best figures for Yorkshire (6-94 from 22 overs) and also his second-highest score (82 from the No 10 position) to help the side to a seven-wicket win. He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Emerald Headingley.
When someone recently asked Jack does the headband give him anything special and he replied “ I am a warrior and the headband gives me the skill to take wickets”