One of a handful of Scots who have made an impact in English cricket and he was rewarded with nine one-day international caps for England.
His crowning glory on the international stage was in 1997 when he helped England to victory in the final of the Sharjah tournament as they defeated West Indies, with Brown claiming the prize wicket of Brian Lara.
Brown went on the one-day section of the tour to the West Indies that winter and as a replacement for Chris Silverwood on the England A tour of Kenya and Sri Lanka.
In 1998 he was included in England's squad for the first ICC Champions Trophy tournament in Bangladesh and he hit the winning run in the final as England beat West Indies by three wickets.
Made his Warwickshire debut in 1992 before being awarded his county cap two years later and his all-round talents with both bat and ball made a significant contribution to the seasons when Warwickshire were the dominant county in English cricket.
He was given the job of coaching Namibia at the 2003 World Cup after being recommended by former Warwickshire coach and ICC performance director Bob Woolmer.
Although they lost all six matches, the minnows were far from disgraced and produced several creditable performances including a 55-run defeat by England, who were bowled out for 272.
Brown has also been a regular for Scotland but was forced to miss the ICC Intercontinental Cup finals in Dubai in 2004 due to an elbow injury.
Was a key member of the Warwickshire side which remained unbeaten on their way to winning the Frizzell County Championship that year, taking 38 wickets and hitting 911 runs at an average of just over 50.
He ended the season in style, claiming his second five-wicket haul in consecutive games in the drawn game with Northamptonshire. It was the first time in his career that Brown had taken five wickets and made a century in the same game.
In 2005 he took 50 first class wickets and contributed a hundred and two half-centuries to the Bears attempt to defend their Frizzell County Championship crown and contributed vital wickets and runs during their C&G campaign which ultimately ended in defeat in the final at Lord's.
During the same season he helped Scotland qualify for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies after the Scots won the ICC Trophy in Ireland.
However, Scotland did not manage to pass the group stages after defeats to South Africa, Australia and Holland.
He had a better season with the ball than the bat in 2006, taking 31 wickets in the County Championship.
He has also been named as the new chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association, replacing Martyn Ball.
Outside cricket, he is a qualified physical education teacher and he played football for Scotland at Under 18 level, appearing at Hampden Park.
He retired at the end of the 2007 season to concentrate on a coaching career.