Josh Brown, Brisbane Heat’s six-hit batsman, has made such an impression that his childhood hero Adam Gilchrist told television audiences the second player was his new favorite player.
The sign-writer’s apprentice with a major in bat-making, now Brisbane Heat’s new boy Josh Brown is the man “everyone wants a piece of” with his signature bison bats that will soon be sold out .
The 29-year-old Heat Second gamer became an overnight star of the Big Bash League after hitting 62-of-23 in a power show against the Sydney Sixers at the Gabba.
Brown smashed six sixes in rapid fire to set up a crucial win for the home side, who survived a comeback in a game that ended in the final.
His brutal innings shocked the BBL and his childhood hero, television commentator Adam Gilchrist, who declared Brown his new favorite player.
The innings were so devastating that online sales of his equipment sold out by Sunday night, leaving Cooper Cricket customers wanting to know more about the bison bat.
Brown forged his own Cooper bison racquet and said he was “cannoned” in the middle, as more than 20,000 Gabba devotees attested.
“We’ve sold out of all Bison Soft Gear, bags; They’re gone pretty quickly,” said Brown of the Cooper Cricket Store in Northgate.
In addition to making his own racquets, Brown also restores willows for teammates and juniors.
Cooper Cricket owner Rod Gray said his website blew up.
“They all ask what racquet and equipment Josh is using — it’s unreal,” Mr. Gray said.
“He’s only been with me for about three years, but fitted in straight away.
“He’s so humble, I trust him with everything.”
Nicknamed Bison by his buddies at 21 because he was a “big guy with long curly hair”, Brown has earned a reputation as one of the cleanest hitters in the Brisbane Premier Grade.
He battled his way to 90 sixes for Northern Suburbs last season, more than double BBL legend Ben Cutting, who has 44.
“I always knew I could do it, but not at the highest level,” Brown said.
Making his innings even more notable, Brown gave up cricket for a year and was almost completely lost for the game.
It wasn’t until he was 23 that he started taking it seriously and challenging his fitness.
“I just played fifth grade for Norths, just having fun and slowly working my way up,” he said.
“When I started I had to learn how to defend and it was a long learning curve.
“I had a hard time holding back, especially in red ball cricket.
“It was difficult for me to trust my defense. I always get out for 30 out of 15.
“Before I moved to Norths, I could have just kept working, but I decided to make it real.”
While only Brown can be responsible for his off-centre exploits, without his mother Kris he might have struggled to get to the gabba.
On the way to training in December, the gearbox of his Holden Commodore broke, leaving him without wheels.
“Fortunately, Mum and my sister took care of me,” said the Wavell State High School alumnus.
Originally released as Josh Brown’s Bison Bats, which tended to sell out after the Brisbane heat blast
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