Darcie Brown can eat what she likes the day before the game when it comes to skipper Meg Lanning, as long as the teenager continues to produce performances like her last two World Cup outings.
Among the runs and records broken as Australia chased a record total against India at Eden Park on Saturday, South Australia’s performance slipped under the radar somewhat.
Brown took 3-30, knocking out India openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma inside the Powerplay and later producing the breakthrough when Australia desperately needed to end the 130-point position between Yastika Bhatia and Mithali Raj .
But those who follow Megan Schutt, Brown’s new ball partner and “tour mum”, may have wondered how the 19-year-old would stop for the match, after her unique pre-match preparation. Friday night game.
Brown had joined Schutt and several other teammates for dinner, where she was challenged to eat a 750g steak, along with fries and onion rings.
For the princely sum of $50, Brown accepted — and won — the challenge.
“I was a little late for dinner and the girls had already looked at the menu and seen the challenge and they said, ‘Give it a chance and Schutter will give you $50,'” Brown told cricket.com .to.
“I thought, why not, it was only $2 more than a regular steak.
“I tried – I was quite hungry that day, I don’t think I could do it again.
“I struggled towards the end…the steak was quite easy but as soon as I had the fries and onion rings I started to feel a bit full but I managed.”
Brown’s heroics on Saturday followed the 3-22 she claimed as she tore through New Zealand’s best order a week ago in Wellington.
She had attributed the performance to a session at the net with bowling coach Ben Sawyer after his omission from the Bay Oval game against Pakistan, where he helped correct errors in the tournament opener against England and to focus on fuller bowling to get the most out of his swing. .
Were it not for resting for that match against Pakistan and another against and against West Indies, the 19-year-old would likely have more than six wickets to her name in this tournament.
And the Brown who troubled India’s top spot on Saturday was one who moved quickly from the start of the summer when she struggled to make inroads during the multi-format series as she channeled its frantic pace into a short-step barrage.
Reflecting on preparing her fast youngster after Saturday’s game, Lanning said: “She’s a growing youngster so she needs her nourishment.
“If she’s going to play like that, I think she should have a 750 gram steak before every game.
“She’s been great for us. She comes in, plays fast and takes early wickets.
“We’ve seen in this tournament that if you can do that, you can put the teams under pressure.
“She keeps it really simple, and it’s really exciting to watch and I hope she can keep doing that.”
Brown’s next challenge will be South African opening pair Laura Wolvaardt, who played alongside the speedy teenager at Adelaide Strikers this summer, and Lizelle Lee, when Australia take on unbeaten Proteas in Wellington on Tuesday.
ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
Australia team: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda – Jade Wellington. Traveling Reserves: Heather Graham, Georgia Redmayne
Australia 2022 World Cup schedule
March 5: Beat England by 12 points
8 March : Beat Pakistan by seven wickets
March 13: Beat New Zealand by 141 points
March 15: Beat West Indies by seven wickets
March 19: Beat India by six wickets
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March 30: Basin Reserve, Wellington, 8:00 a.m. AEDT
March, 31st : Hagley Park Christchurch, 12pm AEDT
April 3: Hagley Park Christchurch, 11am AEDT
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