Pat Brown may not have been in professional cricket long enough to look back at what he has already achieved with the ball in his hand.
But after he made his debut in England only in November, the 21-year-old already wants to give back to the game – emphasized by his presence at the launch of Dynamos Cricket, the new ECB participation program aimed at children aged eight and up. 11.
It’s fun and fun the game that Brown maintained is fundamental between those ages, but there was no lack of enthusiasm or enthusiasm from the Worcestershire fast in the T20 stage of the recent tour from England to New Zealand.
Pat Brown has admitted that he faces a tough task of reaching England’s T20 World Cup team
Brown took three wickets in four games and removed the experienced Ross Taylor for his first international wicket in Christchurch and again in Napier, while a slower ball saw Martin Guptill fall in Nelson.
Despite opening his international census with the scalp of renowned world stars, Brown, however, acknowledged that he did not take the series completely in his stride, as the status of his victims suggests.
‘It was pretty tough and it was certainly a learning experience. I have never been abroad to play cricket, so it was difficult to adapt to different circumstances and different dimensions of grounds and players, “he said Sportsmail exclusively.
“The most important thing I learned from it was how difficult it can be to bow to the same players after the same game, which you don’t get in county cricket, so I learned quite a bit.
‘Even more, with international cricket you have to be more all-round, you can’t get three games in a row with one plan, because there is a good chance that you will find out.
“I think the most important thing was to know that I think I am good enough for that level that is a big boost to self-confidence, and I was happy about that, and secondly just what I need to do to improve to a more all-round bowler. “
Brown made his debut in England during the November tour of New Zealand and took three wickets
For most bowlers, that is an indication that their slower ball variations and cutter variations may be too predictable for batsmen to pick up or are simply too often misled. But for Brown it was the stock ball and the yorker – in contrast to the exchange orders – that made him feel ‘exposed’ to the men of Kane Williamson.
“I worked on that [a stock ball], and you work on it all the time, but certainly when I go to New Zealand, it has opened my eyes a bit. I knew it before, but it opened my eyes to perhaps a little more need for another dimension.
“You are easily exposed at that level, because if someone starts reading you, they beat him for six, but in county cricket you can get away with it a little more, so I knew I needed something else and knew that I probably needed to become more yorker at death.
“If international players set up four slower balls and more, chances are they will get one or two, so I worked on that. Captains want [variations at the death] also, but you have to be consistent to do that, doing it once is not enough. I clearly did a lot for Worcestershire in the T20 Blast, but going up one level is different.
“It’s clearly bothered by my back and struggled with back pain during the last three months of playing, even in New Zealand, so although it is something that didn’t stop me, it has limited my development.
“Hopefully I will get fit now to give me a good period to work on.”
The 21-year-old says he wants to work on his stock ball after he feels ‘exposed’ to the Kiwis
A time-out with a stress fracture of the lower back for a second consecutive winter is never an ideal time away from the game for a fast bowler, but Brown’s recurring injury hit the wrong point in his young international career.
Not only did it prevent him from participating in his first ever Big Bash with Melbourne Stars finalists, but even more frustratingly, it prevented him from participating in possibly two limited-overs series against South Africa this month. With a T20 World Cup now only eight months away, he is now pessimistic about his chances of playing an important role in Australia.
“It was certainly very disappointing that it happened when I was in Australia for the Big Bash. I was unable to play a game there and I was training when it came to flowering.
“The most disappointing thing is that I didn’t have the chance to show what I learned from New Zealand. In terms of recovery, things are going quite slowly at the moment, it is a matter of waiting for everything to be released and then I can step it up again and be ready for the T20 Blast.
‘I certainly thought that I am probably not in a great position for that World Championship now, but that I have set my sights on that is not far-fetched, but a bit too far in the future.
“I think I know what I know now about how much I’m going to play and how much I will have played before the World Cup, my main focus is to see if I can put myself in a position where I first put myself in as unfortunately someone must quit like I did in South Africa. That is all I can really do.
“I don’t exclude myself, but I know it won’t be easy.”
For now, his goal is to get fit again after having another stress fracture of the lower back
With or without Brown, Eoin Morgan and his side will try to create a further history with limited overs by trying to become the first team to ever hold the 20-over and 50-over World Cups after their success in the last at the start of last summer.
The Worcestershire quickly believes that the ingredients for further success are after the relative ease with which England 223 pursued in the last T20 against Quinton the Kock’s men in Centurion after half a century by Jos Buttler and Morgan, under whose leadership Brown expects the side unite once again Down Under.
‘We know how good they are in white-ball cricket and we saw that in the World Cup. We have certainly seen a glimpse of it in South Africa, which is chasing 200.
“I think everyone in the world’s cricket knows how dangerous England is in their batting line-up. When you have beaten Moeen Ali at seven or eight, it is a good batting order, so I think every team in the world will be wary and it is just a matter of putting together, which I am sure they do under the guidance of Eoin Morgan. “
The ability of England to assemble a coherent machine in Australia will partly rely on a younger group of players who are starting to get their chance at the international level, of which Brown is a part.
Colleague young fast bowler Saqib Mahmood played alongside Brown with Wellington and Nelson, and the Worcestershire bowler believes that the 23-year-old Lancashire paceman “can add a dimension that we have not seen in the past.”
He spoke at the launch of Dynamos Cricket, the new ECB program for children aged 8-11
Mahmood, alongside Craig Overton and Olly Stone, was also the beneficiary of newly devised bowling contracts that the ECB would manage over the next seven months.
Although the trio will be contracted by their counties, most of their wages will be paid by the ECB in exchange for influencing their game availability and fitness programs, with the board seeking to identify young bowlers who could be potential Ashes tourists in 2021-22.
The agreements run until September 30 this year and other players will be eligible for similar deals in the future, but Brown maintains that his mind is not currently focused on becoming one of those players followed by the ECB for that specific deal.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a target. It’s one of those things where the cliché is to say it, but it will come if you are successful, so my main focus is to be successful by continuing to bow well.
‘If I continue to do that and if I am chosen for England again, I am sure there is potential for that in the future. It is something in the long term that is probably a target, but not something that is at the forefront of my mind. “
Pat Brown spoke at the launch of Dynamos Cricket, the new ECB cricket program for children aged 8 to 11 years. Parents can find out more and register their children with dynamoscricket.co.uk.