15/04/2024

Darcie Brown had a day out with the white ball. (Photo: Australian Women's Cricket Team/Twitter)

Darcie Brown's heroics with the ball set up a historic win for Australia, but the chance to wear a baggy green might be coming after four wickets in Mackay.

Opening the international summer with a four-wicket haul is a dream start, and now the talks of Darcie Brown’s potential test debut grow as strong as ever.

The fast bowler put the Indian top order to the sword, using the extra bounce in the Mackay wicket to her advantage as she claimed the first four wickets of the match.

With Megan Schutt and Tayla Vlaeminck expected to miss the opening test against India on September 30, Brown’s performance on Tuesday will garner attention at the selection table.

After being awarded best afield honours, Brown said it would be her first foray into the long format.

“I haven’t really had too much experience (with long format cricket),” she said.

“I guess playing with the boys back home, we’d play two-dayers but it’d only be 40 overs, we’d bowl one week and bat the next.

“You never know what might happen, but I guess we’ll wait and see and hopefully I get a shot.”

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After dominating with the ball, Brown was able to sit back in the shade and watch Australia’s top order put on a batting masterclass.

Rachael Haynes (93*), Alyssa Healy (77) and Meg Lanning (53*) all reached their half-centuries without much resistance.

Brown said the pitch was not as lively as expected, but pace bowlers still found some extra bounce.

“It was swinging a fair bit for some of the bowlers, not really much for me,” she said.

“It wasn’t bouncing too much either, mostly I try to bowl a bit back of a length but I know a few of the Indian players can whack it a bit.

“I tried to pitch it up a bit more than usual but sometimes it came off and sometimes it didn’t, so it’s just working on that consistency.”

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