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November 1, 2011
Dean Brownlie, who made his Test debut for New Zealand today in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, has said he is confident his first-class performances would translate into Test cricket. He forced his way into the side by making heaps of runs for Canterbury and New Zealand A during the winter, and believes he is ready for the challenge of Test cricket.
"I've got lots of advice from the senior players and they're all telling me not to change anything, to do what I did to get selected," he said. "I think that's the key."I try not to think too much about outside pressures and just try and take it ball by ball, like I always do."
Brownlie was born in Australia and only moved to New Zealand in 2009, qualifying to play for them through his Christchurch-born father, Jim. So he would like nothing more than to cement a place in the squad ahead of the tour of Australia next month.
"It would be good, but not just because it's Australia and I was born there and grew up there," Brownlie told the Dominion Post. More so my [Perth-based] friends and family can watch me play, and a lot of the coaches I had growing up."
While he is keen to play one-day cricket and has already played two international Twenty20 matches, Brownlie said succeeding in Test cricket was his greatest ambition. "That's the pinnacle, isn't it? That's the hardest test of cricket and of your ability."
A calf injury ruled Jesse Ryder out of the Test and Brownlie could be called upon to bowl a few overs to support the frontline bowlers. He did that in the tour game, picking up the wicket of Malcolm Waller, but didn't think it would lead his Canterbury coach, Bob Carter, to throw him the ball more often in domestic cricket.
"They've seen me bowl, and they're about as unimpressed with it as I am."
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