HARRY Brook can’t wait to tick off a Roses appearance on his cricketing bucket list tonight.

The Yorkshire batsman from Burley-in-Wharfedale is set for his first taste of county cricket’s biggest fixture bar none when the Vikings tackle the Lightning at a sold-out Emerald Headingley, starting at 7pm.

Brook, a former England Under-19s captain, was 12th man last season as the Lightning secured the double en-route to Finals Day, where they were beaten in the semi-final by eventual champions Worcestershire.

So he has had a taste of the white hot atmosphere, but just hasn’t been in the thick of it.

Temperatures are set to soar in Leeds, and ironically 20-year-old Brook was in a similar climate playing grade cricket in Sydney when he first studied the 2019 fixture list.

“At the start of the year, I was looking at the fixtures and thought, ‘I so hope I’m playing in that game - I’d be gutted if I wasn’t selected’,” he said. “I haven’t played in one yet, only 12th manning.

“The atmosphere in that game is ridiculous. To play against the old enemy, as we call them - the big rivals, and it’s even better if we beat them.

“It’s always a good fixture, in any format, to be fair because the rivalry is massive. But the T20 fixtures, you really want to win them.”

Having batted at four in Yorkshire’s first two North Group outings against Derbyshire and Leicestershire over the past few days, Brook should have no concerns about missing out on the televised clash which comes hot on the heels of Tuesday night’s win over Leicester at Grace Road.

Brook is in his second season of Blast cricket. Last season, he scored 165 runs from eight appearances with a top score of 44.

This year, he is hoping to kick on to make some more significant match-winning contributions, buoyed by last week’s County Championship century against Somerset at Headingley.

He said: “I always got good starts and wasn’t really going on, which was frustrating. But T20 cricket’s so different, you’ve always got to be so aggressive and looking to hit boundaries.

“If you make one little mistake you can be caught on the edge or run out. It’s such a quick game, and anything can happen.”

Brook started the season opening the batting in the Championship, only to be dropped after the first four games having not passed 30.

Having missed four games, he returned for the last two against Essex at Chelmsford and Somerset, batting at number five and six (behind night-watchman Josh Shaw in the latter).

He hit a fine 101 against the Taunton county to help secure an innings victory and will hope to build on that confidence against the white ball over the next few weeks.

While Brook plays his first Roses match, so does fellow Bradford League all-rounder Jordan Thompson.

And with leg-spinner Josh Poysden out with a head injury suffered in the nets on Monday and Bradford's Adil Rashid still resting after England’s World Cup campaign, fledgling off-spinner Jack Shutt could make his debut as a second spinner alongside Dom Bess should conditions suit.

Stand-in captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore said of the 22-year-old from Barnsley: “Jack was in the squad at Leicester and would have played had we felt it was the right surface.

“We 100 per-cent back him. He’s been bowling beautifully in the nets and is very talented.”

While Yorkshire have had a No Result, a defeat and a win from their three games, Lancashire have had a No Result and a win from two fixtures so far.

Yorkshire squad: Gary Ballance, Dom Bess, Tim Bresnan, Harry Brook,

Tom Kohler-Cadmore (c), Adam Lyth, Duanne Olivier, Mathew Pillans, Nicholas Pooran, Jack Shutt, Jonny Tattersall, Jordan Thompson, David Willey.