Former Whitstable C.C. overseas player Dean Brownlie made his Test debut for New Zealand in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe and is currently playing against Australia at The Gabba. You can watch his progress on Sky Sports. He 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."
As first test knocks go, Dean Brownlie was content with his.
The Canterbury batsman scored 63 on test debut this morning (NZT) as New Zealand posted 426 in their first innings on the second day of the one-off cricket test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.
Despite some early nerves and a slow start, Brownlie settled in nicely and flourished through the offside in an impressive 133-ball knock that lasted a tick over 2.5 hours and included seven boundaries.
''If you'd told me I'd get 63 at the start, I probably would have taken that in my first innings,'' the 27-year-old Western Australia-born batsman said today.
''Obviously you'd like to get more and push on to a hundred but the situation required me to be positive and look to score quickly, so I don't regret anything and I'm definitely happy with it.
''I was probably a little bit more nervous than usual but once I got into it I just had to trust my game and my instincts that got me there to start with.''
Like most batsmen who develop their game in Perth, Brownlie is a natural back-foot player but he also feels comfortable coming forward and playing spin, something he looked at ease with this morning.
''Growing up in Perth you obviously get tested with the short ball quite a bit and I feel comfortable off the back foot, but I'd like to think I'm strong off the front foot as well,'' he said.
''I'm confident against spin, I try and stick to same principles.''
Brownlie is wary of getting too far ahead of himself but admits the prospect of playing test cricket in Australia next month - New Zealand are touring for two tests - is exciting.
''I'll get in a four-day match for Canterbury after Zimbabwe and hopefully I score some runs and get picked in that squad. You want to test yourself against the best and I've watched Australia dominate world cricket for the past 20 years so I'd love to take them on.''
See the write up in the New Zealand Herald that mentions his time in Whitstable