The prospect of replacing South African pace bowling legend Dale Steyn would frighten most people but not Pat Brown.
The 21-year-old English player has been signed by the Melbourne Stars for this year’s BBL. Brown was recently selected for England in T20Is and his continuing his development to become a world-class bowler.
Cricket fans can watch the BBL live on Kayo Sports - click here for a free two-week trial!
But how will BBL be different for him from playing in England’s Vitality Blast competition?
Having won the title with Worcestershire in 2018, and runners up in 2019, Brown has the temperament for the occasion – but he admits he is on a steep learning curve in BBL09.
“The ground and pitches are going to play differently, so that will all have an impact on how, from my point view, batters go about scoring their runs and obviously assessing conditions is going to be different for me, because it’s not – they’re not going to be conditions that I would have seen before,” said Brown.
Brown’s debut in the BBL could have been 12 months ago, but a stress fracture put paid to that. It also ruled out a spot in the Bangladesh Premier League.
This year there are no such problems. Brown’s agent and Trent Woodhill (Assistant Coach at the Melbourne Stars) have a great relationship, and the deal for BBL09 was done.
Brown will head to Melbourne early where he will be looking to acclimatise as well as pick the brains of Steyn’s vast cricket knowledge. Having played for England in their recent T20I series, Brown has had his first real experience of cricket outside of England.
He took three wickets in his four matches at 42.66 with an economy rate of 9.84. Importantly, he was bowling at the death against experienced Blackcaps batters on smaller grounds and acquitted himself well.