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Home victories key in Yorkshire title push says Jack Brooks
Yorkshire are aiming to take advantage of home comforts as they attempt to set the pace in the early stages of the race for the County Championship title.
Victory over Warwickshire yesterday by an innings and 155 runs restored Yorkshire to the top of Division One and secured their second Headingley success of the summer.
That equals the number of wins they secured throughout the 2013 season at home, which proved a major factor in Durham stealing ahead of them during the final strait to nick the title.
But Yorkshire are determined to make the most of home advantage this season, with seamer Jack Brooks insisting: “We’ve got to try and win our home games.
“We know what Headingley plays like and we’ve put the ball in good areas and taken the wickets, while the lads have scored some good runs for us.
“If we can win our home games all year, that would be ideal.”
Brooks’ seven wickets against Warwickshire has taken his Headingley tally to 46 victims at an average of 15 since moving from Northamptonshire at the start of last season.
He believes Yorkshire’s outstanding display against Warwickshire, who were the leaders, may have been motivated by frustration.
They dominated their previous two matches against Middlesex and Durham, only to lose at Lord’s and draw at Chester-le-Street.
Brooks said: “There is frustration because we’ve played some really good cricket in every game. Even the game we lost we were in charge of it really for the majority of the time.
“We haven’t played bad cricket as such, maybe just the odd session where we’ve not been up to our usual standards, and Durham again was a tough game.”
Yorkshire now switch their attentions to the opening match of the NatWest T20 Blast competition against Northamptonshire.
Brooks could be rested to allow the return of Ryan Sidebottom, who sat out the Warwickshire match.