YORKSHIRE seamer Jack Brooks says a week away from Twenty20 action is crucial to maintaining his excellent form in the LV= County Championship for the remainder of the season.
Ahead of the current round of Championship fixtures, which Yorkshire are not involved in, the 30-year-old new-ball bowler’s haul of 42 wickets from ten matches was more than anybody else in Division One.
But, during their last two matches against Sussex at Arundel and Warwickshire at Edgbaston, he has looked tired.
That has forced Yorkshire’s hierarchy and Brooks to accept that a rest is needed, and he will not play any of the three NatWest T20 Blast matches this week, including tonight’s clash with Leicestershire at Headingley.
Brooks has already missed the North Division washout against Lancashire on Friday and the defeat against Nottinghamshire on Saturday.
“A week off will be vital just to build up some strength and energy again as well as freshening up mentally,” he said.
“Sussex down at Arundel on that flat wicket, I could feel myself flagging a bit. Luckily the game at Edgbaston only lasted three days, but I was feeling pretty tired there too.
“I sat down with Jason Gillespie and the support staff on the way back from Edgbaston, and we thought it would be a good idea to rest me for the next few games. I didn’t have a problem with that.
“They then set out a plan for the next few days and asked my thoughts. I said ‘Look, I wouldn’t mind a week off to be honest’. If I’m going to carry on at full throttle, I need to give myself the best possible chance.”
Yorkshire would move into the North Division’s top four with a win tonight, which would be their fourth from eight matches.