Pat Brown Signs Worcestershire Extension, Sets Sights on Red-Ball Cricket

21-year-old Pat-Brown has signed an extension with Worcestershire keeping him at the club until 2023.

The leading wicket-taker in the 2018 T20 Blast is well regarded in white-ball circles, but Brown has set his sights on red-ball cricket.

Worcestershire Paul Pridgeon of Worcestershire said that Brown's recent England call up was "thoroughly deserved", going on to say:

"He has made massive strides forward in white-ball cricket during the past two years and done ever so well in T20 cricket," Pridgeon added.
"But he is also very keen to play more red-ball cricket. He has not played as much as he would have liked and has set himself some targets to push to get into the red-ball team at Worcestershire.
"He is a grafter and he will work hard to get where he wants to be in red-ball cricket - and England also want him to push to play red-ball cricket.
"He is working hard with his rehab to get himself back fit after his back injury."

Brown recently made his England debut in the T20 series in New Zealand. He took 3 wickets in the 4 games he played, although he was a little expensive going for a 42.66.

I think a lot was expected of Brown following the 2018 success, but he struggled to replicate those performances in 2019. However, he is only 21 and has a very bright future.

Known as a death-bowler in T20, Brown has a number of medium-paced variations, including a hard-to-pick-up slower ball. Relying on accuracy to get batsmen off balance.

Unfortunately for Brown, he suffered a back injury in New Zealand, ruling him out of the South Africa tour, as well as ruling him out for the Big Bash League where he was set to play for the Melbourne Stars.

The talk of red-ball cricket is quite surprising considering he's only played 5 first-class games taking 7 wickets at an average of 38. Brown speaking to the Telegraph doesn't believe he's a red-ball failure:

“I’m 21 and have only played five first-class games, so I don’t see myself as a failure in first-class cricket. It’s something I want to have a good crack at - and it’s important to play red ball cricket at this stage of my career because it will make me a better player, against good players on good pitches.”

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