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Both players come with a lot of pedigree, and Brooks especially will excite the Headingley faithful given his exploits with the England Lions team in recent years whilst Plunkett, with the right coaching, still has the potential to be a dangerous seamer at county level.
Despite these two captures, some Tykes fans may be worried that Martyn Moxon and Jason Gillespie are concentrating on the bowling side of their team's game and not giving enough attention to a batting order which could be seriously weakened by international call-ups.
The bowling attack now consists of Brooks, Plunkett, Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Patterson, Richard Pyrah and Moin Ashraf whilst it looks increasingly likely that Tim Bresnan will be available for more of the 2013 season than its two predecessors after falling down the England pecking order in all forms of cricket.
If Bresnan does become available, the White Rose county will boast one of the most formidable attacks in the division after the performances of Patterson last season and the experience of Sidebottom to back up the most likely new ball pairing of Bresnan and Brooks. With Azeem Rafiq's improving off-spin thrown into the mix, their chances of taking 20 wickets in a match has improved considerably.
This is obviously pleasing for the members in Leeds, but they will be mindful that star batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow could miss large chunks of the season as both look set to play Test matches for England over the winter.
If they impress, it is likely that they will remain in the side for the summer series' against New Zealand and Australia, and this would decimate Yorkshire's batting line-up.
Without Root, the revitalised Adam Lyth doesn't have an obvious opening partner. Joe Sayers is yet to rediscover his form from 2009 where he played for the England Lions whilst Phil Jaques spent the whole of last season batting at number three, though he did open in one-day orthokeratology competition.
If Jaques was promoted up the order, that would leave a middle order of Andrew Gale, who failed to score a century last season, Gary Ballance and Anthony McGrath, who was one of Yorkshire's worst performers in their relegation season of 2011. Ballance himself could also miss matches if he impresses for the England Lions this winter.
With Andrew Hodd set to deputise for Bairstow, Yorkshire at least have a good wicketkeeper to call on, but the former Sussex man would arguably bat below Bresnan having struggled with the bat in recent years.
Moxon and Gillespie have a decision to make as to who fills the gaps in their batting order should their talented youngsters be taken out of their control. Alex Lees and Jack Leaning have both shown their potential in the second eleven but it would be a lot to ask of them to throw them straight into Division One cricket.
At least one new batsman could well be needed by Yorkshire if they are going to survive at the top table of English cricket in their 150th year, and those who run the club would be foolish to think otherwise.