The 2018 Women’s Big Bash League features plenty of talented individuals who have the potential to play for Australia in the coming years. However, one 21-year-old, who plays for Melbourne Renegades has already taken the internet by storm with her unique talent. In a video posted on the official Twitter handle of the Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) , a question was posed to the player, Maitlan Brown, about which talent she possessed other than cricket. In response, Brown managed to sing a song clearly with her mouth closed. The art of throwing a voice with a mouth closed is called Ventriloquism.
The only difference in Brown’s ventriloquism was that she did not ‘throw’ her voice through a dummy or a prop. Many famous ventriloquists ‘throw’ their voice on the stage through the use of a dummy. Brown, a right-arm pacer, has played in the Melbourne Renegades for the last three editions of the WBBL. She has played 25 matches and taken 19 wickets, with her best haul being 3/11. With the bat, she has an average of 10 but a strike rate of 113 and has often played some cameos towards the end of the innings. The teenager, who hails from Wingham, a coastal town in New South Wales, also plays for the ACT Meteors in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL).
The Melbourne Renegades have struggled in the Big Bash League, both in the men’s and the women’s edition. While the women have failed to win the title in three editions, the men have been knocked out in the semi-final on two occasions, one in the 2011/12 season and in the 2017/18 season. The men’s team is captained by Aaron Finch, who is also the limited-overs skipper of the Australian cricket team while the women’s team is led by New Zealand player Amy Satterthwaite.
In the previous edition of the Women’s Big Bash League, Melbourne Renegades managed to finish in sixth place, managing just six wins out of 14 games.