Darcie Brown hungry to learn as Australia’s young quicks push each other

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Her debut was full of promise as one of the team’s next generation showed her pace

Darcie Brown is hoping to soak up knowledge and experience from all corners during the tour of New Zealand as Australia’s young quick bowlers push each other to elevate the speed gun.

Eighteen-year-old Brown made her debut in Napier on Tuesday, finishing with figures of 1 for 26 with her first three overs, all bowled in the Powerplay, costing just 10. Her last over was taken for three boundaries but with her final ball she was able to open her account when Frankie Mackay was caught at point.

“The ball wasn’t swinging as much…she was seeing them pretty well and I was kind of bowling them in the slot. I’m going to have a look at that last over with [bowling coach] Ryan Harris about how I can adapt to a player like her,” Brown said. “Ryan has been really good. It’s his first tour with the girls as well so we’ve got that in common. Happy to have him and his experiences to learn off.”

Working on when to make use of the skiddy bouncer she possesses is among the areas Brown is keen to improve. “I need to plan around who to bowl it to and when the right time is to bowl it. I bowled one yesterday and I think it nearly hit my foot, so just need a bit more practice with it and hopefully it can become quite a good weapon for me. Got a bit of work to do.”

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