Maitlan Brown joins Sixers on three-year deal
Exciting fast bowler Maitlan Brown has joined the Sydney Sixers after five years with the Melbourne Renegades.
The Sixers have secured the 24-year-old speed machine for the next three WBBL seasons coinciding with her return to the NSW set-up for the Breakers after four years in the ACT.
The rising star was earlier today named in the 18-player Australian Women’s squad for the multi-format series against India prior to WBBL|07.
Brown’s Sixers debut will be her first back in the WBBL following a long rehabilitation from a torn hamstring suffered during last year’s tournament.
“New hamstring, new me, new team.” Brown laughed.
“Going from the red to the magenta is going to be really exciting.”
Prior to WBBL|06 last season, Brown was selected in her first Australian Women’s squad for the One-Day and T20 series against New Zealand in Brisbane, indicating a national debut was not too far off.
Brown, who hails from Wingham on NSW’s Mid North Coast, is one of a select group of exciting fast bowlers around the country who can challenge the 120km/h mark, including Victorian Tayla Vlaeminck and South Australian prodigy Darcie Brown.
Since debuting in WBBL|02, Brown has claimed 44 wickets in 59 matches for the Renegades.
Sixers superstars Alyssa Healy and captain Ellyse Perry played a big part in getting Brown’s signature.
“Definitely chatting to Ellyse and Midge was a big influence,” Brown said.
“I’m really excited to be playing alongside those two, they have got so much experience and they’ll add a lot to my game.”
Brown joins a Sixers fast-bowling line-up full of depth and youth.
Led by Perry, Brown joins left-arm quick Lauren Cheatle, 22, speedster Stella Campbell, 19, and exciting allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes, 17.
“I’m hoping I can add some powerplay bowling, but I also think I’m really good at the death. I just want to stay flexible and I think that’s probably the best way to go about it,” Brown said.
“(Hopefully I can also) improve my batting this season and fill a bit of a pinch hitter role.”