Dean Brownlie is a middle-order batsman who made his first-class debut for Canterbury in the 2010-11 season. He was born in Perth, Western Australia and only moved to New Zealand in 2009, qualifying to play for them through his Christchurch-born father, Jim. Brownlie made a Twenty20 international debut during the home matches against Pakistan in December 2010, and also had a productive domestic season, making 918 runs at an average of 48.31. He made the cut when New Zealand selected their squad for the tour of Zimbabwe in October 2011 and received his Test cap from Chris Harris in Bulawayo. He made an instant impression too at Test level, scoring three half-centuries in his first six innings, including 77 not out, 42 and 56 in difficult batting conditions in Australia.