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Pat Brown has 'hunger' for further England action after T20I debut in New Zealand

"To get backing after one game didn't go my way, when the figures were pretty average, and to go again the next game was massive for my confidence"

Pat Brown
Image: Pat Brown played four T20Is for England in New Zealand in November

Worcestershire seamer Pat Brown has a strong "hunger" for further England recognition after making his international debut in New Zealand over the winter.

Brown, 21, played in four T20 internationals in November, picking up a wicket in three of them, before a back injury forced him out of England's T20Is and ODIs in South Africa in February.

However, the paceman has been included in his country's 55-man back-to-training group as England prepare for a return to competitive action behind closed doors.

"[The injury] was upsetting for a few days but you have to pick yourself up, crack on and put a target on how to get back [to international level] because you've now got a hunger for it," Brown told the ECB Reporters' Network.

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Image: Brown picked up three wickets across the series against New Zealand

Brown - who took a tournament-high 31 wickets when Worcestershire won the 2018 Vitality Blast and then 17 as they reached the final again in 2019 - was taken for 32 runs from two overs in the second T20I against New Zealand in Wellington but retained his place for the next match.

"To get backing after one game didn't go my way, when the figures were pretty average, and to go again the next game was massive for my confidence. I think it helped me to kick on at the back-end of that series," he said.

"The fact you are playing the same team over and over again gives them a good chance to look at you and work you out a little bit more.

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Pat Brown trains with England's cricket team in New Zealand in late 2019
Image: Brown has now recovered from a back injury that forced him to pull out of England's tour of South Africa

"I suppose that is the challenge of international cricket and why your skills have to be so well-rounded in order to succeed.

"In county cricket, you play a team once or twice and don't see them for another year whereas I was playing the same players four times in 10 days.

"They get a good look at you which can make it slightly tricky but that's instilled into me what I need to do to become a better all-round bowler and to succeed at that level."

Pat Brown, Worcestershire
Image: Brown has starred for Worcestershire in the Vitality Blast in recent seasons

On working under World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Brown added: "It goes without saying that Eoin is a brilliant captain, his success in winning the World Cup with such a great team shows that.

"But from a personal point of view, he was really supportive. I always knew he was there on your shoulder supporting you in doing what you needed to perform.

"Often the little chats we had would be him just making sure I was clear with what I'm doing, having a plan you stick to and execute, and he is happy to let you get on with it.

"That is a style of captaincy I enjoy and have thrived under with Moeen Ali at Worcestershire."

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