New Zealand batsman Dean Brownlie was born in Perth, Western Australia but has chosen to represent the Black Caps having moved to New Zealand, where his father was born, to play first-class cricket in 2009.
From there it was a rapid ascent as after just five appearances for Canterbury he was picked for New Zealand ‘A’ against Zimbabwe ‘A’ in October 2010. In that game he scored just ten runs but continued good form for Canterbury earned him a brace of Twenty20 International caps against Pakistan in December of that year.
Despite failing in those matches, he remained in the selectors’ thoughts and after an injury to Jesse Ryder, he made his Test debut – also in Zimbabwe – in November 2011.
In just his 15th first-class match he scored 63 in his first innings as he helped his side claim a 34-run win. He then scored two more half-centuries as New Zealand claimed a 1-1 Test series draw in Australia which included a first win on Australian soil since 1985 – one year after Brownlie was born.
A maiden Test century came in 2013 against South Africa but a barren run against England cost him his place in the side although he did earn a recall to the ODI side in 2014.
He featured in the limited overs series against Pakistan in the UAE and then scored 350 runs in eight one-day games for Northern Districts but such form was not quite enough to get him into World Cup contention.