Tykes come first for Brooks

Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan, left and Jack Brooks
Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan, left and Jack Brooks
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Yorkshire seamer Jack Brooks insists he is willing to foresake personal goals for the sake of the team, ahead of the Tykes’ final game of their title-winning season.

Yorkshire face Sussex at Headingley, starting tomorrow, seeking their 11th win of the County Championship season. No team has won more than ten since the structure split into two divisions in 2000.

Another Yorkshire sporting great, Brian Close, also died this week

Another Yorkshire sporting great, Brian Close, also died this week

Two more points will also take them to 267, a record in either division, and Brooks needs 11 wickets to take 70 for the season.

But the seamer admitted: “I’d be happy with 65 and a win against Sussex. That would be perfect.

“It’s not going to be an easy game, but I’m hopeful we can get the right result.

“It’s nice to back last season up and contribute to a Championship win again, which is the main thing.

“To have such a decent haul in a successful season…we’ve got such a strong unit and anyone can come in and make a difference.

“To be a cog in that machine that keeps on turning round and performing, it makes me proud.”

Yorkshire will parade the trophy in front of their fans again at the end of the Sussex game, and Brooks added: “It will be brilliant.

“Last year, when we played Somerset in similar circumstances, we didn’t turn up for three days - maybe even until the last session when we nearly won it. It was a brilliant effort.

“Hopefully we can get a decent crowd, good support behind us, win and then we can parade the trophy in front of the home fans again with the record under our belts.”

Yorkshire, meanwhile, confirmed yesterday that Richard Pyrah has retired from cricket and will take up a coaching position at Headingley on October 1.

“I have had a wonderful career with Yorkshire and enjoyed every aspect of it,” said Pyrah.

“I am now ready for the next chapter in my life and I’m ready to offer my experience to every aspect of Yorkshire cricket. In the past, I have had opportunities to leave, but I always wanted to stay.

“I could never see myself working for another county. Yorkshire cricket is ingrained in my heart.”

Yorkshire squad, v Sussex: Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Ballance, Bresnan, Brooks, Fisher, Gale (captain), Leaning, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Plunkett, Rashid, Sidebottom.

The players of both teams will mark the passing of former Yorkshire and England captain Brian Close with applause before the match commences.