Bradford Telegraph and ArgusYorkshire set to rest strike bowler Brooks for T20 onslaught (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

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Yorkshire set to rest strike bowler Brooks for T20 onslaught

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jack Brooks is the leading County Championship wicket-taker this season Jack Brooks is the leading County Championship wicket-taker this season

YORKSHIRE will rest Jack Brooks during a hectic week of Twenty20 cricket as they look to preserve their leading wicket-taker for the final six LV= County Championship matches of 2014.

Brooks will miss some, if not all, of the Vikings' five NatWest Blast matches in eight days, starting with Friday's sold-out Roses clash with North Division pacesetters Lancashire at Headingley.

The 30-year-old new ball bowler has 42 Championship wickets to his name, more than anybody else in Division One.

But Brooks has looked tired during the last two matches against Sussex and Warwickshire – even though he took seven wickets in the two fixtures combined, including the 200th of his first-class career at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Captain Andrew Gale said: "Jack's hitting a wall now. We're probably going to leave him out of some of the Twenty20s over the next week or so.

"We've got maybe a ten-day break from Championship cricket with five Twenty20s, so it's the ideal opportunity to let him put his feet up because he's going to be a big asset for us in the second half of the year.

"We're going to need him. You've seen what he can do. He's one of those bowlers who one spell can bowl a bag of rubbish and the next he comes on and gets three wickets in an over.

"He might play every Championship game from now on. The schedule actually calms down a bit now Championship-wise.

"He probably won't play every Twenty20 but that doesn't mean we don't want to win. It's an ideal time to give him a rest."

Since moving from Northamptonshire ahead of 2013, Brooks has taken 76 wickets in 21 Championship matches, including 34 from 11 last season.

With Ryan Sidebottom fit again after a hamstring injury and Tim Bresnan okay to resume playing duties following an injection on a sore elbow, Yorkshire are not short of bowling options across the next week.

Off-spinner Azeem Rafiq will also be back in T20 contention, having been left out of the Championship win over Warwickshire for Karl Carver.

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