Northants' Jack Brooks hopes he can earn England call

Northants' Jack Brooks says Jonny Bairstow's England call-up shows there are chances for those involved with England Lions to step up.

Brooks, 27, took six wickets in the Lions' victory over the West Indies.

He told BBC Northampton: "It's very difficult to get into England's Test side, probably more so for a fast bowler than a batsman.

"But if you put the performances in, your name is in the hat for when somebody gets injured or is dropped."

The medium-fast bowler added: "The [England] selectors said I bowled very well and stood out from the guys that bowled, who all bowled well.

"It's a case of not trying too hard and worrying about it."

Brooks was playing village cricket until the age of 20, only signing for Northants in 2008 after spells with Minor County Oxfordshire and Surrey's second XI.

"I've just got to carry on taking wickets for Northants and try to catch the eye of the selectors.

"A chance may well come, with England playing with three seam bowlers and [potentially] a few injuries [during] the heavy international schedule for the next 18 months.

"I'd hope my name would be in the frame."

Meanwhile, Northants play Kent in their sixth match of the LV= County Championship from Wednesday, and Brooks is looking to add to his 20 wickets taken in the competition so far.

"With all the bad weather around, there's not been too many results recently.

"We got a good result against Hampshire when no-one else managed to get a win. It would have been nice if we'd sneaked the win against Leicestershire last week.

"Kent have started the season quite well. We turned them over on their patch last summer, so they'll be looking for a bit of revenge. We know they're going to be tough opposition but we're picking up some form now."

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