Jack Brooks as hungry as ever, Somerset starving for Championship success

Jack Brooks spent the final two months of 2020 virtually immobile following three post-season surgeries, so his hunger to walk back on field with his Somerset team-mates is as palpable as the club’s desire to go one better than their perennial runners-up spot in the new Championship season.

Simultaneous Achilles operations in late October followed two weeks after surgery to replace a snapped tendon in his right hand, suffered in a freak fielding accident during the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s when Brooks’ thumb got stuck in the ground as he dived to stop an Alastair Cook drive.

“I knew something bad had happened straight away, even though I could move it,” Brooks says. “I couldn’t physically force the ball into the thumb, so bowling was pretty tough until I taped it up and took a lot of medication.

“They had to replace the tendon, which was a short operation in London but a bit frustrating when I knew I had to have my Achilles tinkered with as well. I was laid up in bed and was on crutches when I could be up and about.