Australian cricketer Darcie Brown is only 18-years-old. Yet, the pace bowler from Kapunda, South Australia, has gone from watching her Australian cricketing idols on TV to playing alongside them, as she secures her place in the upcoming One Day International Series against India.
Brown, who is set to play a major role for Australia in the three-game ODI International Series later this month, is taking her new position in her stride, becoming one of the youngest on the world stage.
“It’s pretty surreal. Last year I was watching them all on telly, sometimes it still feels like I’m watching the telly. I’m lucky to be over here with these girls,” Brown said.
With star bowler Megan Schutt not in the squad, the up-and-coming fast bowler is taking her chance in the Australian side in an already decorated bowling line-up.
After her debut season for the Adelaide Strikers in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in 2020, where she took 10 wickets over 12 matches, Brown has gone from strength to strength on her way to the big time.
“The more you play, the more you know what to do. The WBBL helps with experience in certain situations.”
Brown has already proved her ability nationally and made her Women’s T20 International debut in March this year, followed by her first International ODI a month later. Yet, the right-arm pace bowler is still motivated to build on her initial taste of the big stage later this month.
“I still feel fairly new. I’m excited to watch this series tick off, win a few games. I’m really keen for it to get underway and to prove myself,” she said.
And that anticipation is key when it comes to facing one of Australia’s biggest cricketing counterparts, India, who are one of the most respected on the international platform.
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Despite Brown not competing in the history-breaking International ODI Series against India last year, the teenager is no stranger to the weight that the women’s cricket rivalry with India carries worldwide.
“There is a fair bit of rivalry. I remember the World Cup Final, they (India) wanted to win and so did we. It’s really competitive between the two.”
With Commonwealth Bank signing on as a major partner of women’s cricket for a further three years, Brown is grateful for the work they’ve done to support female sporting growth in Australia, from the onset.
“I feel lucky to be the age I am, playing women’s cricket. It’s a credit to those past players and Commonwealth for sticking at it and believing, to get us where we are today,” she said.
While still feeling like a dream for Brown, who only graduated Year 12 last year, she knows that when the day comes to step up to the crease, the advice she was given as a little girl will ring true.
“Have fun. That’s all I was told by Mum and Dad.”
Australia will compete in the One Day International Series against India, kicking off on 21 September 2021 at Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay.
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