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Shoulder injury forces Doug Bracewell out of second Test against Australia

Shoulder injury forces Doug Bracewell out of second Test against Australia
Doug Bracewell picked two wickets in the 33 overs he bowled in the first Test.
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New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia in Christchurch with a shoulder injury.

During the first Test against Australia in Wellington, Bracewell complained of pain in his right shoulder, which has now been diagnosed as a strained rotator cuff muscle.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is disappointed with the injury to Bracewell and stated that the team management will work hard to get him fit as soon as possible.

“Doug has been a consistent performer for us this summer and put a lot of work into his game, so to miss out on the final Test against Australia is very disappointing for him and us.

“He’ll be given time to recover and we’ll work with him to get him back training as quickly as possible.” 

The New Zealand selectors have decided not to announce a replacement for Bracewell as Neil Wagner and Matt Henry are already in the Test squad.

Bracewell bowled 33 overs and returned figures of two for 127 in the first Test against Australia which New Zealand went on to lose by an innings and 52 runs. 

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