JACK Brooks is delighted to finally have a chance to represent Oxfordshire this weekend, more than a decade on from his previou appearance.

The 36-year-old has been named in the 13-man squad for two T20 matches against Buckinghamshire at Aston Rowant on Sunday (10.45).

He last played for the county in 2009, the same year he began a professional career with Northamptonshire.

A successful five years with Yorkshire followed and the seamer has been part of Somerset’s excellent form in the Bob Willis Trophy this summer.

While it is a long time since Brooks played for Oxon, it has not been for the lack of trying.

He said: “I had always said I would be keen to help out if possible.

“I’ve been asked a few times in the past, but it never really worked out.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be in Somerset’s T20 squad for the weekend, so for me to force my way in I need to hone my skills.

“I’m looking forward to getting the ox on my chest again.”

The matches form part of the inaugural Nurton-York Cup.

After winning the 50-over meeting earlier this month, Oxfordshire will lift the trophy providing they do not lose both T20 games.

Brooks does not know many of his teammates, but there will be many familiar faces at Rowant, including the Buckinghamshire coach Jason Harrison.

Brooks said: “Jason was an influential figure for me when he was player/coach at Oxford.

“I don’t know many of the players because it’s a young team – Luke Charlesworth’s there and I remember him and Ben on the sidelines as kids when I was playing with their dad.

“It will be nostalgic to go back as the old pro.”

The hosts’ squad also includes James Coles, who scored a century on debut against Bucks and was called up by Sussex last weekend, while Charlesworth makes his debut.

The visitors have brought in T20 specialist Conrad Louth, while Tring Park all-rounder Jack Rodnight is also included in their squad of 13.


Oxfordshire: J Cater (capt, Buckingham Town), S Alam (Twyford), J Brooks (Taunton Deane & Somerset), L Charlesworth (Chippenham), O Clarke (Banbury), J Coles (Aston Rowant), T Cosford (Oxford Downs), H Jupp (Stroud), R Shurmer (Barnt Green), F Smith (Oxford Downs), G Tait (Oxford), J Thomas (Banbury), H Ward (Horspath).

Buckinghamshire: T Hampton (capt), E Callis, C Louth, D Ogden, A Kervezee, C Macdonell, R Pritchard, J Rodnight, M Payne, AJ Woodland, C Haddow, S Croft, U Amjaid.