TEENAGE batsman Harry Brook has given an insight into his mindset at the crease which has helped him enjoy a significant amount of success so far in his short career as a professional.

Brook, a product of the Burley-in-Wharfedale club, has made waves at Yorkshire second-team and England Under-19s level during the last 12 months.

His form earned him a County Championship debut against Middlesex at Lord's last summer and he went on to play four matches, showing encouraging progress rather than stamping his authority.

This summer he is aiming for more exposure with Yorkshire's first team and admitted: "Hopefully I'll be in the squads throughout the summer and play a bit of white ball as well."

But during the club's pre-season camp in Potchefstroom, the England Under-19s captain has spoken about his approach to batting.

Brook, 19, said: "I treat every bowler the same. In my eyes, I'm not facing anyone special.

"If I don't do that, it's when doubts creep in. If I'm playing the ball and not the bowler and being positive, I'll play well.

"It's quite a big step up (from second team and England Under-19s to the first team) but they are just names.

"At the end of the day, you're just facing a ball. You have to hit it whether you're facing Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath or a local club player. I just try and watch the ball."

Brook is no stranger to winter cricket abroad but the current trip to South Africa marks his first with Yorkshire's first team.

It is his second stay in Potchefstroom this winter, for example, having warmed up for the Under-19s World Cup there.

That competition was held in New Zealand through January, when he scored two fifties and a century as England made it to the quarter-finals.

On the difference between this tour and previous winters, Brook said: "It's just a bit more senior and professional.

"You've got Liam Plunkett, Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth here, who have a played senior international cricket, and you're looking up to them.

"You're always learning when you're around people like that, even the little things – inside or outside of cricket. Specific shots you try and practice.

"Gary, for example, plays it really late and I try and play it as late as possible as well."

Brook could get his first taste of match action as Yorkshire face Nottinghamshire in a two-day friendly.

He said: "I'm just looking forward to getting into the matches. The main thing you take away from a pre-season tour is time in the middle, try to score some runs and prove a point to the coaches.

"Obviously I want to be playing first team but I've got to earn my spot. I've got to score runs in other teams to get where I want to be.

"There'll be little changes (to my game for this summer) but nothing drastic. I've worked on my short-ball game quite a lot.

"Hopefully when I get the short ball, I can take it on and get some runs from it. Other than that, I think my game's in good order."

When Brook came into the County Championship team last year, scoring 38 in his first innings against Middlesex, it is fair to say he did so on the back of a bit of hype from supporters who had seen him play and team-mates as well. He earned immediate praise and even the odd comparison to Joe Root.

He was given his chance on the back of a golden run of form for the seconds, including a second-team Trophy final century as Yorkshire beat Middlesex to win the one-day title.

As for dealing with the attention, good or even bad when it comes at some stage in his career, he said: "I'm a very simple guy. I don't really think about it.

"I like the attention. If people are abusing me on Twitter, say, I'll just soak it all up and try and prove them wrong."

Finally, how has Brook viewed his career progression? Has his development happened quicker than expected?

He said: "It's a good question. I haven't really thought about it too much.

"The first team was probably a bit of a surprise but I was kind of expecting to be captain for the 19s.

"Then again, I did score three hundreds on the bounce for the second team. I'd say a mixture of both."