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Australian tour a massive challenge - Doug Bracewell

Australian tour a massive challenge - Doug Bracewell
Kane Williamson (left) and Doug Bracewell (right) are looking forward for the New Zealand's tour of Australia scheduled to be played in November.
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New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell believes that his team will have a tough battle against Australia when the two teams meet in November for the 2015 Trans-Tasman Trophy. 

With a new look squad, Australia will be taking on New Zealand without any Test match practice since the 2015 Ashes as their Bangladesh tour was postponed.

Bracewell opined that Australia, even with new players in their squad, will pose a formidable challenge at home.

"They will have some new faces with some guys retiring after The Ashes, but Australia has a proud record at home and they will be doing everything they can to continue that,” Bracewell told New Zealand Cricket.

"It is the massive challenge. 

“They are the best team in the world, so to play them in their own conditions is the ultimate challenge and one that all of the boys are up for."

Bracewell starred in the second Test of the 2011 Trans-Tasman Trophy with nine wickets in the match, helping New Zealand draw the series 1-1.

With a target of 241 runs, Australia were well positioned at 159 for two, but Bracewell struck thrice in two overs, accounting for the wickets of Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey.

A hundred from the bat of David Warner threatened to take the match away from New Zealand but Bracewell cleaned up the tail, handing New Zealand a memorable seven-run victory.

Recollecting his performance in that Test match, Bracewell felt happy that New Zealand were able to seize the chance to beat Australia in their own backyard.

"I was pretty knackered at the time, but giving it everything I had left with the Test match on the line.

"When I bowled Nathan Lyon, the feeling that came over me was just pure relief.

"It was a great opportunity to beat Australia over there and, looking back, I am pretty happy that we were able to take the chance when it came along." 

New Zealand themselves have been in excellent form in Tests, having won three out of the five series they played since 2014.

Apart from the wins at home against India and Sri Lanka, New Zealand also managed to score an away win against West Indies in June 2014.

Bracewell feels that with New Zealand’s strong away record and Australia’s formidable record at home, the upcoming clash between the Trans-Tasman rivals will be an exciting contest.

"This Test team has gone through a really successful period, travelled all around the world in the past 18 months and won away from home, which isn’t easy to do.

"Meanwhile Australia has a great record in their conditions and they will be really tough to beat in this series.”

The third Test of the Trans-Tasman Trophy will be a day-night affair, the first such match in the history of the game.

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson is excited at the chance to try something new and create history.

"I think it’s going to be different, it’s something that hasn’t been tried before," Williamson told Radio New Zealand.

"It’s exciting to be one of the first teams to try on the international stage.

"There’s a lot of unknowns but that’s what comes with an exciting opportunity."

The Trans-Tasman Trophy will get underway with the first Test match in Brisbane on the 5th of November.

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