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Durham defeat was a one-off says confident Jack Brooks
Jack Brooks believes Yorkshire are too good to repeat their poor performance against Durham at Scarborough as the LV= County Championship title race reaches a critical point.
The former Northamptonshire fast bowler knows a second defeat in two matches against Sussex at Hove, starting on Wednesday, could prove to be a knockout blow for the White Rose with them trailing leaders Durham by 14.5 points with three matches left.
“We’ve got a strong group of players who will take the field against Sussex, and I’d be very surprised if we’re turned over again in our last three games like we were last week,” said a defiant Brooks.
“This team’s too good for that to happen regularly.
“Whenever you do lose, it helps you to refocus and keeps you grounded. You know you can’t take your foot off the gas. I’m hoping we’ll bounce back this week.
“We’re still confident because we’re playing good cricket. It was a blip last week. To be in this position with three games to go, we’d have bitten your hand off at the start of the season, definitely.
“It was just one of those games where nothing really went our way with the bat, the ball or in the field.
“It’s been a long time since that happened – the first game against Sussex. We went on such a good run from then on. We’ll just go back to basics and back the team. We know we’ve got a strong side. We’re pretty much at full strength.
“Alex Lees missed out last week, and he’s scored 250 recently and played for the England Lions. You’ve got him, Joe Root and Tim Bresnan not playing. It shows how strong this Yorkshire squad is.
“I saw Rooty at Abbeydale last Monday and said ‘you wouldn’t get in our team at the minute’. He laughed and agreed!”
There is generally a lot of talk about handling the pressure at this stage of a season, whichever end of the table you are at.
But Brooks added: “Pressure might play a part at some stage, but I don’t think the guys are feeling it that much at the moment.
“If it comes down to the last session of the last game, it might be different. Until then, we’re just trying to enjoy our cricket.”
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