Josh Brown

With a bat he made himself, Josh Brown became an overnight sensation. (Picture: cricket.com.au)

When Brisbane Heat batter Josh Brown walked off the Gabba turf against the Sydney Sixers on Sunday night, he become an overnight sensation, but the 29-year-old plans on that performance not becoming a flash in the pan.

Brown was in just his second game for the Heat, having joined as an injury replacement player, and didn’t even have his name on his top before his man-of-the-match-winning knock of 62 runs off of 23 balls.

And of all the messages and calls he had received over the last day, one stuck out more than most for the 29-year-old.

“There’s been a few, probably Gilly’s (Adam Gilchrist) kind words on air. Everyone’s been talking about that, so pretty cool,” Brown said.

“It means a lot, he was probably my favourite player growing up, I remember taking time off school to watch him play at the Gabba and stuff like that, so unreal.”

To many, it seemed effortless when Brown notched up the fifth fastest half-century in club history against the Sydney Sixers, but the right-hand batter was modest in describing the leadup to his victory launching knock.

“Walking out to bat, packed Gabba, which was nice and doing what I did was even more special, and all friends and family there,” he said.

“[I was] trying to stay as still as I can, hit every ball on its merits, and just keep it as simple as I can, that’s probably the easiest way to cope with it all.”

Brown is also remaining grounded on what the innings will do for his career, instead choosing to take it game by game.

“I guess so, I’m just trying to treat it as another game of cricket,” he said.

“Obviously playing in front of all those people and getting a massive ovation as you’re walking off is pretty special and something you won’t forget [as well].”

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Brown is determined to build on his heroics and step up to fill the shoes of Chris Lynn, who departed to the Adelaide Strikers before this season.

“Yeah, hopefully, just trying to score as many runs as I can, and I’ve spoken with ‘Lynny’ about it as well, and he’s been helpful with that,” he said.

“Talking about club cricket last year, he said, ‘if you’re going off in the 20/20, just make sure you get a big score, like 140, 150′.”

Brown’s knock was joined in the headlines by Michael Neser, who took a controversial juggling catch that was partially outside the boundary.

Brown expressed his opinion about the catch that all but sunk the Sixers’ hopes of victory.

“I’m not too sure, I had no idea what the rule was. It was an unbelievable catch,” he said.

“Talking to him about it, he said he didn’t mean to throw it back where he did.

“As a batter, you’d say ‘Nah I don’t want it to be out,’ but credit where credit due, it was an unbelievable catch.

“Watching him on replay, he just looks so calm doing it as well.”

From here, Brown plans to ensure he’s no flash in the pan.

“I’ll go out and try and do the same thing I did last game. Probably try and go on with it this time instead of throwing it away.

The Brisbane Heat face the Sixers on January 4th at North Sydney Oval.

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