Bracewell Poised For Return To New Zealand Squad

Bracewell Poised For Return To New Zealand Squad
Bracewell Poised For Return To New Zealand Squad
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Fast bowler Doug Bracewell is poised to return to New Zealand's squad ahead of the decisive third Test against England in Auckland, which begins on Friday (22nd March), should he get through a domestic game without any problems.

Bracewell was, somewhat embarrassingly, unavailable for the opening two matches, which were both drawn, after he cut his foot while cleaning up following a house party.

He was subsequently reminded of his obligations as an international player by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) who will now welcomed him back into the squad as the Black Caps chase a series win in Auckland provided he suffers no adverse reaction while playing for Central Districts.

Bracewell, 22, had established himself as a key member of New Zealand's pace attack with 46 wickets in 15 Tests prior to the accident, and with England's batsmen in good form, his presence in Auckland will be valuable to Brendon McCullum.

"Doug’s availability creates a real battle for spots for this deciding ANZ Test against England," coach Mike Hesson said. "It also helps to manage the workload for a group of bowlers who have carried a heavy load during the first two Tests.

"We'll be keenly watching how he performs in the Ford Trophy tomorrow and how his foot comes through the game," he added.

Ian Butler and Tom Latham, neither of whom have featured in the Test series so far, were also due to play for Otago and Canterbury respectively before joining up with the squad.

The series has so far been dogged by bad weather in Dunedin and Wellington. New Zealand assumed a dominant position when play got underway in the opening Test only for England to fight back and save the game while in Wellington, England were on top but having to deal with New Zealand resistance when most of the final two days were washed out.

New Zealand Test squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell (fitness pending), Dean Brownlie, Ian Butler, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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