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Maitlan's Australian Dream

08 February 2018

Fast bowler Maitlan Brown is eyeing off Australian honours in the future after taking another step forward in her cricketing career.

The ACT all-rounder claimed 15 wickets for the WBBL|03 season, placing her inside the top 10 wicket takers competition wide.

“I’m just waiting for that phone call,” Brown joked about a possible Australian call-up.

“At the moment, I’m just focusing on the next round of WNCL and going well in that.

“Hopefully this Big Bash has got me some more exposure and hopefully got me brought up in a couple of conversations with Aussie selectors.”

The talented 20-year-old was part of the ‘Shooting Stars’ squad that travelled to Sri Lanka in 2017 and hopes that she can represent the green & gold in the future.

“It would mean everything (to get that phone call), it’d be really nice to be involved in Australian stuff, but I’ve still got a lot of stuff to learn,” Brown said.

“Being able to have the opportunity to play for your country is just unreal and it would mean the world to me.”

Coming into the season, a stress fracture in her leg kept her out of the opening four WNCL games and Brown went into the opening match of WBBL|03 without game time under her belt.

“I was surprised, as I went better than I expected considering I’d been injured and missed out on some preparation that I would’ve loved to have had,” Brown said.

“This season definitely surprised me. Considering my first game of the season was the first game of Big Bash I was very nervous before that. But, a lot has happened in the last 12 months and I’m looking forward to what the following 12 months holds.”

Brown’s improvement in the last 12 months has been evident, after claiming 4 wickets at an average of 55.25 in WBBL|02, she increased her numbers to 15 wickets at 18.59 this season.

“Last season I didn’t have a contract and didn’t really have preparation,” Brown explained.

“I sort of just relied on my natural talent and it worked out in the end, but it would’ve been really nice to have that extra prep, to take away the nerves.

“I think last year I took 4 wickets and this year I took 15 which was pretty cool, I didn’t expect that but it was nice to have an opportunity with the ball and bring about something special to the team.”

Brown believed the influence of new coach Tim Coyle was important on the group, nearly taking the team to a maiden finals berth.

“He’s been really good, very smart and he’s pretty honest,” Brown said.

“I think that’s pretty good to have in a coach. You need to learn and if you’re not honest, you don’t learn.”

Coyle was over the moon with Brown’s season, but wants her to continue to improve in the lead up to WBBL|04.

“Maitlan Brown has had an improved season and is a player that has given us a lot to look at in the future and again a player that still needs to do a lot of work.” Coyle said.

“But no doubt she’ll be recognised with further honours in the future, her bowling skill has improved on the back of an interrupted preparation for this tournament. 15 wickets is a good result for her and we want to push her harder to be a more improved player in all three of the skill sets next season.”