Brooks confident that Steelbacks can open account

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Jack Brooks believes the Steelbacks are “not that far off” from claiming their first win the Friends Life t20.

After three games of the group stage, the County have mustered a solitary point courtesy of an abandoned clash with the Welsh Dragons but Brooks is adamant that a return to winning ways is just around the corner.

He said: “We know that we need to win and soon but we’re not that far off from winning games.

“We’ve been just a bit short in the last two games and played well in parts and it’s obvious that we need to improve a bit and if we do then we can start winning.

“Twenty 20 cricket is a lot about momentum and back-to-back games against Gloucestershire today and Worcestershire tomorrow give us the chance to pick up two quick wins.

“They’ll be difficult games, as they all are, but they are ones we’re more than capable of winning.”

Last year’s Achilles heel for the Steelbacks was in the batting where consistently under-par totals provided little in the way of something to defend.

And while Brooks acknowledged that they have fallen short with the bat both at Taunton and Edgbaston, he thinks that they have only been marginally short as opposed to way off the mark.

He added: “We didn’t get enough at Somerset and we didn’t get enough at Edgbaston on what was a good wicket.

“That is definitely an area where we have to improve but we’ve been close in both games and only been undone by class innings from (Jos) Buttler and (Laurie) Evans.

“Our guys, when they get their eye in, need to make it count and that has to start in Bristol.”