Josh Brown of Brisbane Heat : The story of a Bat-maker who bats

Born on 26 December 1993 in Brisbane, Josh Brown is an Australian cricketer. Josh Brown of Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League is a right-hand batter and a right arm medium pace bowler.


Josh grew up in his hometown of Brisbane and played a lot of soccer in his early days. Surprisingly, he only took up the game of cricket when he was 13 years old.

As mentioned by Brown himself, he did not take his game seriously until the age of 24. But when he did, he went from third grade to Queensland Second XI in a time span of a year and a half.

But why are we talking about him?

The reason Josh Brown’s story needs to be told is very simple. When he is not playing, he works full time as a bat maker and repairer.

How cool is that?

Yes, he works with Cooper Cricket’s founder Rod Grey and they make hundreds of bats together.


Josh made his debut in the BBL(Big Bash League) this year. On the 15th of December last year he was given a change in the encounter against Melbourne Renegades.

However, what made headlines was his innings in his second game for Heat.

Josh Brown of Brisbane Heat scored a breath-taking 62 off just 23 balls which earned him the player of match award. At a blistering strike rate of 269.57, he got to his fifty in just 19 deliveries.

The knock also included four 4s and six 6s.

Josh Brown of Brisbane Heat

And guess what? He batted with his own bat, a bat crafted by him. After the game, Brown was quoted saying, “I made my own bat, the Cooper Bison…it absolutely cannons off. It is one of the new ones I made myself and I fell in love with it,”. He is named as ‘Bison’ by his teammates.

Brown is also assigned with the task of a repair ‘here and there’ for his fellow teammates. He also revealed that his antics on the field earned his bat company 35 new sales within a span of 3 hours.

He says he has almost seen every break possible on a cricket bat. Along with cricket, he also takes keen interest in fishing and golf.

His call up to the Brisbane Heat franchise is also interesting. In a local competition for aspiring players, he smashed 447 runs in 9 games at a strike rate of 211.8.


Josh who is an ardent fan of Australian southpaw Adam Gilchrist was stunned to realize that the feeling was mutual.
Gilchrist, after witnessing his strokes, quoted, “I’ve just found my new favourite player… I love him!”. Brown had come in as an opener and left his side in a strong position at 2-85 off 6.3 overs.

He batted alongside Colin Munro but fans noticed something peculiar. The difference were the kits. Unlike Munro, Brown’s name was not printed on his. But you see, as it is often said, “Cricket is a funny game”. To not having your name printed, to the world talking about your performance.

Josh Brown of Brisbane Heat

Josh Brown of Brisbane Heat has a simple philosophy, that is to play ‘fearless cricket’. With T20 Leagues dominating world cricket at the moment, the success for Brown has just begun.

The Brisbane Heat, however haven’t had a great start to their season yet. With just 2 wins out of 7 games, they are a point away from reeling at the bottom of the table. However, with Brown’s X-Factor, the tide could turn in the team’s favour.



About the author

Snehasish Pattanayak is an avid cricket follower. A student who is currently pursuing B.Tech , he first came across the game of cricket in 2007 when India won the inaugural T20 World Cup , since then there has been no looking back ."Cricket is my first love",says Snehasish.

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