NZ vs ENG: “The Longer You Bat, It Gets Easier Too” – Harry Brook Considers The Current Test Knock To Be His Best So Far

Harry Brook scored what he considers to be the best century of his Test career to date, but he’s still keen to stay grounded.

On an opening day in Wellington, Brook, who recently turned 24 years old, scored the fourth century of his brief Test career. It meant that he had the most runs ever scored in his first nine innings of a Test match.

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More importantly, it kept England on top despite a shaky start. They were three down after less than a half-hour on a green pitch, and Brook had to fight hard to reclaim the momentum. As a result, he considered it his best century to date.

“Yes, that’s definitely the best innings yet, The position of the game makes that decision. We lost three early wickets which weren’t ideal but I came out and tried to counter-punch and be as positive as I could be and thankfully it came off. The centuries in Pakistan were amazing and good fun, but they were all very flat pitches. Today wasn’t a flat pitch. It’s a good cricket wicket, but not a flat pitch where you can smack it everywhere. I’ve done that a little bit, but it’s a pretty good pitch,” Harry Brook said.

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“It always gets easier when the ball gets a bit older. The longer you bat it gets easier too. The hardest part about batting is the first 20 balls. If you get through that it gradually starts to get easier. The ball got a bit older and it probably didn’t seem to do as much. There was still a little bit there and a little bit of bounce,” Harry Brook added.

“These are good times at the minute”: Harry Brook

The news that Harry Brook’s average had moved past 100 made him laugh, even though he was thrilled to hit another century.

“These are good times at the minute. But one of the things I’ve tried to work on over the last few years is staying as level-headed as possible. Just around the corner, there might be bad times so you’ve got to enjoy these moments and cash in as much as you can. I’m sure that the average will come down very quickly. Like I’ve said, I’m just trying to enjoy the moment and live in what’s happening at the minute. It’s been a good few months,” Harry Brook stated.

With Joe Root, who scored his 29th Test century while remaining unbeaten at 101, by his side, Brook dominated the scoring in an unbroken 294-run stand, setting a new English record for any wicket in New Zealand with 24 fours and five sixes.

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