Harry Brook admits he ‘was a little bit in my shell’ during shock Cricket World Cup defeat by Ireland as England batter vows to come out firing against New Zealand in must-win group game
- Harry Brook has been dismissed cheaply in both of England’s World Cup games
- The Yorkshire batter has managed scores of seven off six and 18 off 21 so far
- He admitted England went into the Ireland game thinking they had already won
- Brook hailed coach Michael Hussey as one of the best to have played the game
Harry Brook has insisted he will come out of his shell to play his part in England’s attempt to rescue their World Cup.
The new batting star of English cricket forced Jos Buttler to change his World Cup hand with his performances in the 4-3 series victory over Pakistan ahead of this tournament and seemed to have cemented his T20 place at five.
But he has got out twice cheaply against Afghanistan and Ireland in this tournament with shots that perhaps betrayed his inexperience at the highest level.
Harry Brook admitted he felt he was batting within his shell against Ireland and Afghanistan
Now he will go into Monday’s make or break game against New Zealand at the Gabba, when England are likely to shake up their batting order, determined to make up for his mistakes whether he stays at five or goes lower down.
‘I wasn’t very good against Ireland,’ admitted Brook as England trained in Brisbane yesterday. ‘So I’ve got to take that on the chin.
‘It felt like we had already won the game before we got there so that’s definitely something we can learn from.
‘I was a little bit in my shell but I don’t think it was because it’s a World Cup. With a global tournament there is a bit more pressure but it’s still the same ball coming down at me and I want to still play the way I do, whether it’s for my club side or England.
The Yorkshireman made only 18 from 21 balls as England stumbled to a shock loss to Ireland
‘Against Ireland I was just trying to take it deep but then the rain caught us.’
Brook has been working closely here with Australian Mike Hussey who has been impressed with the young Yorkshireman in his stint as England batting consultant.
‘He’s obviously one of the best players to have played the game and he’s a great man to have alongside you,’ added Brook.
‘He keeps on popping up on TV and my Instagram when they show old games. He’s been busy here with the lads and we’ve had good chats around the nets.’
He admitted himself that he ‘wasn’t very good’ against Ireland when trying to bat deep