New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 November 27, 2011

'No fear of Australia at all' - Bracewell

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell has said his team has the "mongrel" to topple Australia on their own turf, ahead of the two-Test series that gets underway at the Gabba from December 1. Bracewell, now in his second tour with the national team, said New Zealand are capable of playing a tougher brand of cricket.

"There's definitely no fear of Australia at all," Bracewell told the Sunday Star Times. "We've spoken about being more ruthless and having more mongrel as a team. Whether that's guys sledging or however they go about their business, we just want to be a tougher, more consistent team."

New Zealand haven't beaten their trans-Tasman rivals in a Test since 1993, and have not won in Australia for 26 years. However, the current Australian line-up they're up against at the Gabba is already depleted with the loss of Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Patrick Cummins, Ryan Harris and Shaun Marsh. The bowling attack features three rookie fast bowlers, with Peter Siddle leading the attack.

Despite Australia's early setback with injuries to key players, Bracewell called his side the "underdogs" who have nothing to fear.

"Before we came over we said we want to be more aggressive and ruthless, especially playing the Aussies," Bracewell said. "They like to think they're the best team in the world and what not. We are the underdogs so it gives us that mongrel to go out and show that we're better than them - that we can beat them. We'll be looking to take it to them and show no fear."

New Zealand are coming off a short series in Zimbabwe, where they sneaked a Test win despite a spirited fightback by the home side. Bracewell said certain senior players and the coach John Wright are responsible for shaping the team's self-belief.

"It's mainly come from the coach and the likes of Rossco [captain Ross Taylor], [Daniel] Vettori and [Brendon] McCullum," Bracewell said.

He said a win in Australia is long overdue. "We owe it to the New Zealand public to try to get a win over here," Bracewell said. "I know our followers will respect us a lot more if we beat Australia over here. We're thinking about that. It's something to get inspired about."

Bracewell, who took a five-wicket haul in his debut Test in Zimbabwe, was in good form in the drawn tour match against Australia A, scoring an unbeaten 73 and taking four wickets.

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  • dummy4fb on November 29, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    best chance we have had for a while, what with all their injuries, at the end of the day the coin toss could have a massive bearing. Go the Black Caps kick them down to our level

  • m_kamb on November 29, 2011, 9:18 GMT


  • dummy4fb on November 29, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    NZ can score as Aussie attack is below par. Let the spectators enjoy the Games. After a long time they are evenly matched.

  • Stevo_ on November 29, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    @ landl47 Your not really a cricket follwoer are you. As others have pointed out the game is at the Gabba, where we haven't lost in a long time. Doubt NZ can win, willl either be an Oz win or a draw (with rain predicted a draw is prob most likely)

  • BravoBravo on November 29, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    @nzcricket174: Sorry friend, my heartfelt apologies. I did not mean to villify NZ team as I believe it is very good and competitive team. However, with all fairness AUS is still a very strong team, except for ENG in recent times (almost in 2 decades), name any team which has won a series in their (AUS) backyard.

  • johnnycash on November 29, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    deep down i'm sure that even the most ardent nz fan would realise that if australia bat first then the series could be as good as gone by lunch on day 1 with Hughes and Warner still at the crease.

  • redneck on November 29, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    @landl47 come on mate do you think we only have one ground per city down here???? alan border field is a flat batsmans paradise, the gabba is not. same city completly different pitch. if australia smashed the poms at lords it wouldnt mean the ovals a shoe in just because their both in london.

  • jellobiafra on November 28, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    As long as they (Australia) dont bowl under arm, we are in with a chance!

  • jellobiafra on November 28, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Being a New Zealander I cant say I am unhappy with the current situation that the Australians find themselves in leading into the series(form and player injuries). I would add however that with optimism comes caution as We are playing Australia and it is a Test match, which would in nearly every instance for at least the majority of my lifetime would mean complete and utter destruction....for NZ. Having said that I just bet double chance on NZ to do it first test... Good luck to me.

  • dummy4fb on November 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    He is a typical Bracewell. A big mouth through and through.

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