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England bowler Brown to join Stars in January

06 November 2019

The Melbourne Stars has today confirmed the signing of English pace bowler Pat Brown for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League season.

Brown will be the international replacement player for South African superstar Dale Steyn following Steyn’s departure in January.

The 21-year-old burst onto the scene last year with an impressive 4-21 against Lancashire in Worcestershire’s semi-final in the Vitality Blast T20 competition as his side went onto win the title.

Brown completed an equally impressive Vitality Blast T20 campaign this year, capturing 17 wickets to finish the competition as Worcestershire’s leading wicket-taker.

His 36 career T20 matches have netted an impressive 49 wickets at an average of 19.63.

That form saw him rewarded with a debut England call up for England’s current T20 series against New Zealand.

Stars List Manager Trent Woodhill said the young quick had impressed him playing county cricket in England.

“I first saw Pat playing in the 2018 Vitality Blast competition and we were hoping to sign him last season, but an injury curtailed it,” Woodhill said.

“We think he has the skill set to be a success in the BBL and his selection for England is testament to the regard he is held in this form of the game.”

Brown said he was excited to come to Australia for the summer to play in the competition.

“It is a great honour to play for the Stars in the Big Bash and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to play in one of the most exciting tournaments in the world," Brown said.

The Melbourne Stars will open its campaign against the Brisbane Heat on December 20 at Metricon Stadium with its first home match on December 22 against the Hobart Hurricanes in Moe.

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