‘Time right to leave Yorkshire’ says departing star Jack Brooks

Jack Brooks is leaving Yorkshire
Jack Brooks is leaving Yorkshire

Jack Brooks says the time is right for him to leave Yorkshire.  

The 34-year-old seamer has signed a three-year contract with Somerset, who he took five wickets against in the Specsavers County Championship defeat at Emerald Headingley, which finished on Saturday.

Brooks, a two-time Championship winner with the White Rose, describes his five-year stay at Emerald Headingley as “special”, but admits the move to Taunton was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“I was never looking to leave coming into the season,” he explained, having been offered a two-year deal with Yorkshire.

“But the longer the contract talks went on, it allowed other teams to come in and have a chat when I wasn't really putting myself out there.

“Somerset came in with intent, and they’ve impressed me quite a lot with how they’ve gone about their cricket this year.

“With Andy Hurry as the director of cricket and the coaches and players they’ve got, they look like they’re going places. 

“It could be good timing for the end of my career just to get a fresh start and work with some different coaches. It will be tough to leave Yorkshire. It was a really, really difficult decision, and it took me a long time to come to it.

“I only made the decision the week before last because both clubs wanted to know.

“It just so happened that we were playing each other immediately after it was announced, which was a bit frustrating.

“I’ve had a lot of good feedback from people, and I think they understand it’s the right decision.”

Meanwhile, Moeen Ali finally broke India's resistance as England sealed the Specsavers series with a 60-run win after a titanic struggle in Southampton yesterday.

The world's number one team pushed England into the penultimate evening of the fourth Test, thanks to a century fourth-wicket stand between Virat Kohli (58) and Ajinkya Rahane (51).

But Moeen (four for 71) took his match haul to nine wickets, and India lost four for 13 soon after tea to give England an unassailable 3-1 lead with one match to play.

India's target, one they have exceeded just once in their history to win outside Asia, was 245 after England were bowled out for 271 in their second innings.

Kohli, especially, and Rahane made Joe Root sweat, but Moeen eventually dismissed both, on an increasingly helpful pitch, in a total of 184 all out. An eventful morning always appeared in the offing and, in gloriously cloudless conditions, so it proved as first England lost their last two wickets for 11 runs.

Rishabh Pant tested England's nerve briefly with a counter-attacking cameo of two boundaries and a lofted six from just 12 balls before he holed out to deep cover off Moeen.