Brooks to leave Northants

  • Last Updated: September 14 2012, 13:49 BST

England Lions seamer Jack Brooks is to leave Northamptonshire.

Jack Brooks: Harbours England ambitions

Twenty-eight-year-old Brooks has risen through the ranks to put himself on the fringes of England's plans, taking 118 first-class wickets at under 29 each since making his first-class debut in 2009.

His county released a statement on Friday, announcing Brooks has played his final match for them - and making it clear they wish him well in his future ambitions.

It read: "Northants Cricket can confirm that seam bowler Jack Brooks, who has a get-out clause in the final year of his current contract, will leave the club at the end of the season."

Brooks himself added: "I've taken this decision to leave Northants, because I want to compete at the highest level possible.

"The opportunities being offered to me are too good to turn down, and I owe it to myself to explore all avenues as I continue my quest for international honours.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northants and fully appreciate the support I've been given by all at the club. I hope I'll be remembered for my performances and whole-hearted approach to the game."

Northamptonshire's head coach David Ripley said: "I am saddened by Jack's departure - we will miss him both on the field and in the dressing room, because he is a real character.

"He is striving for international honours and domestic trophies, which I believe are both achievable here, but I fully understand and respect his decision to leave.

"We wish Jack all the best in his future."