Monday 7 July 2008 

John Bracewell To Return To Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club has announced that John Bracewell will be returning to the Club as Director of Cricket next year.

John Bracewell, who is 50, coached Gloucestershire from 1998 until 2003, during which time the county won seven trophies including a double in 1999 and a treble in 2000. He took over as the coach of New Zealand in Autumn 2003 while as a player, he played 41 Test matches for New Zealand as well as 53 One Day Internationals.

Chairman John Light said: "When last with us John Bracewell brought us trophies and promotion to the first division in 2003. We are very pleased to welcome him back. The whole Club has the will to support him and the appointment of a renowned figure to lead our cricket shows our determination to take Gloucestershire forward. We now have a great opportunity which we must seize."

John Bracewell added: "After six seasons on the international circuit I am delighted to return to Gloucestershire as my family and I regard this as our 2nd home. I have gained great experience from international cricket and hope to invest that in the cricket club."