Pat Brown’s first taste of international cricket has come to an end – and the Worcestershire Rapids paceman can look back with pride and satisfaction on his performances in the T20I Series against New Zealand.
Brown was part of a young squad chosen to face the Black Caps and he played in the two warm-up games and the first four matches of the T20I Series.
The 21-year-old was given his opportunity in different pressure situations during the various games against a powerful New Zealand batting line-up.
Brown was entrusted by skipper Eoin Morgan with the final over of the New Zealand innings in Christchurch and went for only eight runs.
In contrast, he was given two overs in the initial powerplay in Nelson and conceded just nine runs.
Of course, like all the bowlers, Brown was at times on the end of some powerful hitting which is the nature of T20 cricket and part of the learning curve in his first step up from county cricket.
But most of the time he showed his character in bouncing back with a tight over when next called upon to bowl.
He twice dismissed the vastly experienced New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor.
Brown, who did not play in the final game, ended with figures of 13-0-128-3 and an economy rate of 9.84.
He will now head straight to Abu Dhabi for more experience against some of the world’s best white ball exponents in the T10 League from November 15 to 24 before an eight game stint in the Big Bash with the Melbourne Stars.
*England won the final match via a Super Over after both sides had scored 146 from 11 overs in a rain-shortened fixture in Auckland.