THERE will be no long winter rest for Harry Brook. He's going global.

The 20-year-old Yorkshire batsman, who was born in Keighley but raised in Burley-in-Wharfedale, has this week waved goodbye to the 2019 cricket season in England.

However, after a break, including a lads' holiday, he will be back in training come November, ready to train and play in South Africa after Christmas.

Brook will be looking to learn from a cricketing legend when he trains at the Gary Kirsten Academy in Cape Town. He hopes to lean on the South African, who played 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals for his country between 1993 and 2004, to boost his own game.

While in South Africa, Brook will also play for Western Province, who Kirsten himself lined up for between 1987 and 2004.

Brook said: "I will be staying over here until Christmas. I'm hoping to go to Cape Town for a couple of months after Christmas.

"I have read some really good reviews of the Gary Kirsten Academy. He is a very experienced man. He played at the highest level. I want to try to pick his brains.

"It will be good to live in a different culture too. Good to see how they live.

"It's always good to get a feel and go to other places. Playing cricket and playing on different pitches."

Despite looking ahead to the winter break, Brook is brutally honest about his own performance this season, saying he had an up and down campaign.

He added: "I'm only focusing on the next game, not next season yet. I will have a break from cricket until mid to late November. I will want to score 1,000 runs in the Championship, like I want to every year, but you never know how it's going to go.

"It's all about how you learn from your mistakes.

"I have had a pretty poor season. It was good for my learning though. I have had quite a few downs and a few ups this season.

"It has not been my best year, but I am still only young.

"We (Yorkshire) have been playing some really good cricket this season. But we have also let some teams trample over us. We've just been trying to find that medium.

"I always try to get in the team every game, otherwise what is the point. At the start of the year I didn't do it."

Brook, who lives in Guiseley, also managed to take a break from the pressures of county cricket at Headingley this summer by playing in the district.

He played seven games for Bradford & Bingley in the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League Premier Division, joining his best friend in the side's line up. Brook also praised the standard of the batting pitch at Wagon Lane.

Cricket has always dominated Brook's life, specifically Yorkshire.

He made his first-class debut for the White Rose against Pakistan A in June 2016 at Headingley while he was still at school.

His County Championship debut followed a year later against Middlesex at Lord's.

He has also played on the international stage. He captained England's Under-19s against India in August 2017. In December of that year, he was named skipper of England's squad for the

He added: "I just wanted to play cricket. I started at Ilkley Grammar School after boarding school and went there for three years. I got into the school team in the first year. The standard was very hard back then.

"I never had any other offers from any other counties. I started with Yorkshire's Under-11s. We are in a rebuilding stage now. That's the dream to win trophies with Yorkshire.

"We are bringing quite a few young players there for them to gain experience. We need to be pushing for the championship.

"My mum lives in Addingham, all my family are spread about, but I'm not far away from them. I'm very much a family person."