Brooks aims to improve one-day skills on EPP trip

Northamptonshire seamer Jack Brooks intends to use next month’s trip to South Africa with the England Performance Programme squad as an opportunity to improve his one-day skills.

Brooks was not in the initial EPP squad but was added along with Tymal Mills of Essex following injuries to Ajmal Shahzad and Chris Woakes.

Three years ago Brooks was playing Minor Counties cricket for Oxfordshire but he has made rapid and impressive strides since he made his Northamptonshire debut last season.

Brooks has been a consistent wicket-taker in County Championship cricket but has been less effective in the one-day format, something he intends to address in South Africa.

“This winter the EPP and the Lions is all about one-day cricket to help building for a target of the 2015 World Cup,” Brooks said.

“The Lions are going away to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to play 14 one-day games over a six-week period so I hope to learn a lot more about my one-day game and get some more experience playing one-day cricket, especially in the sub-continent conditions.

“For the next three weeks in South Africa I will be working on my one-day skills and white-ball cricket. It will be good fun, because red-ball cricket has been my strong point so far so it will be good to start working on my weaknesses in one-day cricket.

“It’s been a tough few weeks but I can’t wait to get into some good weather conditions at altitude in Potchefstroom.”

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