“Warwickshire CCC Academy and England Under 19s Fast Bowler Henry Brookes has signed his first professional contract, committing to the Edgbaston club until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Brookes (17) joined the club at Under 10s age group and has come through the Development of Excellence programme. He was selected for the Club Academy at the end of 2015 and won a place in England’s Under 19s’ squad for the tour of India earlier this year, where he was the leading wicket taker.

The former pupil of Tudor Grange Academy, in Solihull, is in the process of completing a BTEC Level 3 at Aston University Engineering Academy and will join the Bears’ squad full time in July.

Ashley Giles, Sport Director of Warwickshire CCC, said: “It’s always pleasing to see home-grown players win their first contracts and we congratulate Henry on joining the club’s professional ranks.

“He has been playing second team cricket for the last two years and we’ve been very impressed with him in the time spent around the senior squad, in training and on our pre-season tour of the United Arab Emirates.

“Henry is acutely aware that the real challenge begins now as a professional cricketer. He has great people around him and if he keeps working hard he has the ability to go a long way in the game.”

Brookes started his cricketing career with Olton & West Warwickshire CC, before moving to Knowle & Dorridge CC in 2016 to play in the Birmingham & District Premier League.

Commenting upon signing, Henry Brookes said: “I’ve always been incredibly proud to represent my home county in age group matches and I’m thrilled to now take this next step as a professional by joining Warwickshire’s senior squad.

“There’s going to be some very exciting challenges ahead and I would like to thank everyone for supporting me on the way to this first contract, particularly my family and the coaching teams with Olton & West Warwickshire CC, Knowle & Dorridge CC and here at Warwickshire CCC.