Australia women vs India first ODI score: Darcie Brown claims four wickets, cricket news 2021







The future of Australian cricket looks a little bit brighter after teenage quick Darcie Brown rolled through India’s top order on Tuesday.

The future of Australian cricket looks a little bit brighter.

South Australian young gun Darcie Brown has made history in Mackay on Tuesday, claiming four wickets in Australia’s first ODI against India.

Playing in just her second one-day international, Brown became the youngest Australian cricketer to take four wickets in an ODI innings.

The teenager also joined an illustrious list of Australian bowlers to claim at least three wickets in an ODI before their 19th birthday, alongside Pat Cummins, Ellyse Perry and Holly Ferling.

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Brown’s rapid ascent from unknown teen to Aussie speedster is nothing short of remarkable – this time last year, she had not even made her WBBL debut.

The Adelaide Strikers phenom turned heads during last summer’s WBBL and was selected for her international debut against New Zealand back in March.

She earned a recall to the Australian starting XI after Tayla Vlaeminck was withdrawn from the ODI series against India due to injury concerns.

And Brown immediately proved her worth by removing both of India’s openers during her first spell at Great Barrier Reef Arena on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old returned later in the innings to dismiss middle-order batters Yastika Bhatia and Deepti Sharma.

Brown finished with bowling figures of 4/33 from nine overs as India registered a total of 8/225.

She could have added a fifth wicket to her match tally if not for a dropped catch from skipper Meg Lanning in the slip cordon.

“She comes in and ruffles a few feathers … and gets wickets. She has executed beautifully,” Australian coach Matthew Mott said on Channel 7.

ESPNcricinfo’s Andrew McGlashan tweeted: “This has been superb from Darcie Brown. Making an early statement against the India batters.”

The Age’s Daniel Brettig called it a “breakout performance”.

Youngest Australians to take four wickets in an ODI

Darcie Brown – 18 years, 198 days

Ellyse Perry – 19 years, 106 days

Mitchell Starc – 20 years, 281 days

Brown told Channel 7: “In the practice game, I got whacked a bit bowling back of a length, so I was trying to bowl a bit fuller.

“(Megan Schutt) has left a pretty big hole … really sad that she can’t join us. We’re a bit different bowlers, so I’m just trying my best, and that’s all anyone can ask.”

Meanwhile, Hannah Darlington claimed two crucial wickets on her international debut, finishing with stellar figures of 2/29 from eight overs.

Earlier, New South Wales teammate Ash Gardner presented the 19-year-old with her debut cap as she became the third Indigenous woman to represent Australia.

Lanning’s side is hoping to extend its unbeaten ODI streak to 25 games after breaking the all-time record for most consecutive wins earlier this year.


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