TEENAGE batsman Harry Brook has given an insight into his mindset at the crease which has helped him enjoy a significant amount of success so far in his short career as a professional.

Brook has made waves at Yorkshire second-team and England Under-19s level during the last 12 months.

His form earned him a County Championship debut against Middlesex at Lord's last summer and he went on to play four matches, showing encouraging progress rather than stamping his authority.

Now looking for more first-grade exposure, the England U19s captain spoke about his approach to batting during the club's pre-season camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Brook, 19, said: "I treat every bowler the same. In my eyes, I'm not facing anyone special. If I don't do that, it's when doubts creep in. If I'm playing the ball and not the bowler and being positive, I'll play well.

"It's quite a big step up (from second team and England U19s to the first team) but they are just names.

"At the end of the day, you're just facing a ball. You have to hit it whether you're facing Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath or a local club player. I just try and watch the ball."

Brook is no stranger to winter cricket abroad - indeed this is his second recent stay in Potchefstroom, having warmed up for January's U19s World Cup there - but this current trip marks his first with Yorkshire's first team.

On the difference between this tour and previous winters, Brook - who scored two fifties and a century in New Zealand as England reached the U19s World Cup quarter-finals - said: "It's just a bit more senior and professional.

"You've got Liam Plunkett, Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth here, who have a played senior international cricket, and you're looking up to them.

"You're always learning when you're around people like that, even the little things – inside or outside of cricket. Specific shots you try and practice.

"Gary, for example, plays it really late and I try and play it as late as possible as well."

Brook could get his first taste of match action as Yorkshire face Nottinghamshire in a two-day friendly.

He said: "I'm just looking forward to getting into the matches. The main thing you take away from a pre-season tour is time in the middle, try to score some runs and prove a point to the coaches.

"Obviously I want to be playing first team but I've got to earn my spot. I've got to score runs in other teams to get where I want to be.

"There'll be little changes (to my game for this summer) but nothing drastic. I've worked on my short-ball game quite a lot.

"Hopefully when I get the short ball, I can take it on and get some runs from it. Other than that, I think my game's in good order."

When Brook came into the Championship team last year, scoring 38 in his first innings against Middlesex, he did so on the back of some hype from supporters and team-mates as well. He earned immediate praise and even the odd comparison to England star Joe Root.

He was given his chance on the back of superb form for the seconds, including a second-team Trophy final century as Yorkshire beat Middlesex to win the one-day title.

As for dealing with the attention, good or bad, he said: "I'm a very simple guy. I don't really think about it.

"I like the attention. If people are abusing me on Twitter, say, I'll just soak it all up and try to prove them wrong."

On whether his career has progressed quicker than expected, he added: "It's a good question. I haven't really thought about it too much.

"The first team was probably a bit of a surprise but I was kind of expecting to be captain for the 19s.

"Then again, I did score three hundreds on the bounce for the second team. I'd say a mixture of both."