According to ex-captain Nasser Hussain, Harry Brooks’ stellar start to the Tour of England in Pakistan may have already ‘nailed’ him for a place in England’s Twenty20 World Cup squad.
Brook arrived in Karachi with just four caps and was eager to take advantage of any chances that presented themselves ahead of next month’s tournament.
But the 23-year-old has been a revelation so far, hitting 154 runs in three strokes with a punishing batting average of 194.93 and eight sixes to his name.
His 81 not-outs in Friday’s 63-run win occupied just 35 balls and showcased his enviable range of scoring, from clean hits over the covers, ramps over his shoulder and big shots down the center of the goal.
And it made sure Hussain made his way to the front of the queue for last place in the middle order.
“At the beginning of this series you thought, ‘How do we get Brook into the starting XI for the World Cup?’ I don’t see how you can leave him out now, I really can’t,” he told Sky Sports Cricket.
“For me he’s absolutely nailed fifth place in the first game of this World Cup. He will be a superstar in all formats.
“It’s 360 degrees, but unlike some, there’s no area where you’re safe. Batting with five is not an easy position, you ask everyone where they would like to bat and it’s in the top two or three. But every time he came at five, he was productive. He’s so good.”
Should the Yorkshire man get the kind of support Hussain feels is due, it could see Moeen Ali nudge the order. But as Brooks captain in the absence of the injured Jos Buttler, Moeen has nothing but praise for his young team-mate.
“Brooky shows what a special player he can be. He looks like a great player and hopefully he grows and becomes one of those top top players,” he said.
“The future is amazing for England cricket with the players we have.”
Brook offered a simplified overview of his own approach to the crease and his amazing ability to score on all parts of the floor depending on what’s coming his way.
“I’m really just trying to play by instinct,” he said after receiving his first player of the game trophy.
“I’m just trying to watch the ball and hit it, it’s that simple. When I start doing poorly, I start predetermining things and thinking too much. If they go wide, I try to hit it over the point; If they go straight I’ll try to hit it across the midwicket. I only play the ball on its merit.”
Brook wasn’t the only member of England’s next generation to show off his skills in the third game of the series. Will Jacks from Surrey made his debut after replacing Alex Hales at the top of the leaderboard and showed he has the skills to succeed on the big stage.
He’s started in his first innings as an international cricketer with 40 in 22 deliveries and while he’s not in the World Cup squad he’s eager for more chances to impress.
“This is a moment that I’ve worked very hard for and dreamed of all my life,” he said.
“I’m pretty happy with how I played, that’s what I would have taken at the start of the innings. I’m new to international cricket, I don’t know what to expect or how I’m going to compete, so it’s good to have confidence. I’ve given myself a bit more now and I hope I can do that again in the next game.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/harry-brook-nasser-hussain-england-pakistan-karachi-b2174393.html Harry Brook is determined to start for England at the World Cup – Nasser Hussain