Maitlan Brown signs a three-year deal with Sydney Sixers ahead of WBBL07
Maitlan Brown celebrates a wicket. © Getty Images
Maitlan Brown has moved to Sydney Sixers from Melbourne Renegades after inking a three-year deal with the side in magenta ahead of the seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), Sixers announced on Wednesday (August 18).
24-year-old Brown has been with Renegades for five seasons starting from WBBL02 but she was ruled out of the sixth edition of the competition due to a hamstring injury. The pacer recently returned to the New South Wales Breakers after four years with ACT Meteors. She has also earned a call-up to the 18-player Australian squad for the multi-format series against India.
“New hamstring, new me, new team,” Brown said while talking about the move to Sixers. “Going from the red to the magenta is going to be really exciting. I’m hoping I can add some power play 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. (Hopefully I can also) improve my batting this season and fill a bit of a pinch hitter role.”
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Brown, who has played for Australia A in the recent past, is yet to make her international debut and was part of the Australian squad during the home series against New Zealand last year. She represented Renegades in 59 matches and has taken 44 wickets at an average of 26.65.
Brown said the opportunity to play with the likes of Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy has played a role in her decision to move to the Sydney side and added that she is excited about playing alongside the duo.
“Chatting to Ellyse and Midge was a big influence. 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 added.
Brown will join a strong Sixers fast-bowling contingent - full of experience and youth - led by Perry. She will have left-arm quick Lauren Cheatle, speedster Stella Campbell, who also earned a maiden call-up for India, and allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes for company as they look forward to the season that's scheduled to kick off with them taking on Melbourne Stars at the North Sydney Oval on October 14.