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Brooks backing Yorkshire for the title
Fast bowler Jack Brooks is confident Yorkshire will avoid any more slip-ups in their last three matches as they look to close the gap and ultimately overtake LV= County Championship leaders Durham.
The White Rose county relinquished the title initiative with a poor performance at Scarborough last weekend against Paul Collingwood's side, leading to only their second defeat in 31 matches.
Durham then strengthened their position at the top of the table by beating Sussex last week to move 14.5 points clear with three rounds of fixtures to play.
And Yorkshire travel to Hove on Wednesday to face the same opponents.
"We've got a strong group of players who will take the field against Sussex, and I'd be very surprised if we're turned over again in our last three games like we were last week," said a defiant Brooks. "This team's too good for that to happen regularly.
"Whenever you do lose, it helps you to refocus and keeps you grounded. You know you can't take your foot off the gas. I'm hoping we'll bounce back this week.
"We're still confident because we're playing good cricket. It was a blip last week.
"To be in this position with three games to go, we'd have bitten your hand off at the start of the season, definitely.
"I don't think there's any panic in the group. There wasn't even when we were in a bad position in the Durham game. It was just one of those games where nothing really went our way with the bat, the ball or in the field.
"It's been a long time since that happened - the first game against Sussex. We went on such a good run from then on.
"We'll just go back to basics and back the team. We know we've got a strong side. We're pretty much at full strength.
"Alex Lees missed out last week, and he's scored 250 recently and played for the England Lions. You've got him, Joe Root and Tim Bresnan not playing. It shows how strong this Yorkshire squad is.
"I saw Rooty at Abbeydale last Monday and said 'you wouldn't get in our team at the minute'. He laughed and agreed!"
There is generally a lot of talk about handling the pressure at this stage of a season, whichever end of the table you are at - whether it be challenging for the title like Yorkshire and Durham or battling to avoid relegation like Surrey, Somerset and Derbyshire.
But Brooks added: "Pressure might play a part at some stage, but I don't think the guys are feeling it that much at the moment. If it comes down to the last session of the last game, it might be different. Until then, we're just trying to enjoy our cricket.
"We can play with a lot of freedom because we know we're at the right end of the table and not in a relegation dogfight, where you may tense up. It's something to enjoy, challenging for a Championship."