New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 December 14, 2011

Bracewell has 'done some special things' - Wright

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The New Zealand coach John Wright has challenged Doug Bracewell to keep aiming high after he bowled his side to victory over Australia in Hobart. Wright believes Bracewell can become a consistent world-class player following his strong performance at Bellerive Oval, which came after another match-winning effort against Zimbabwe last month.

In his third Test, Bracewell collected match figures of 9 for 60, including three important middle-order breakthroughs in the space of nine deliveries as he curved the ball in the air and accounted for Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey. On debut, Bracewell had taken five wickets in Bulawayo to rescue New Zealand when it appeared Zimbabwe would achieve their chase of 366.

"A lot of credit goes to Doug Bracewell and Timmy Southee, particularly Doug," Wright said after arriving home in New Zealand following the Hobart victory. "He's done some special things. We've been here before. We were in a similar situation against Zimbabwe going in to the last session of the game and Doug stood up in that match and he's done it again.

"He could be [something special], but there's a few like that in this team. There's a few young players who haven't had much experience, they'll take some time. I think our Test team will take some time. He's one of a number that, you look at him and think he should be wanting to be world-ranked, not just a good player for New Zealand but he should be a world-class player."

Wright has the distinction of being the only man with a direct involvement in all three of New Zealand's Test wins in Australia, having opened the batting in their victories at the Gabba and the WACA in 1985. He instilled a fighting mentality into his side and it was apparent in the way they played on the final day in Hobart that they never felt out of the game, even when Australia's chase was on track early.

"I've always enjoyed victories over Australia," Wright said. "I've had some battles with them as a player and then with India we had some great tussles. It's nice to go back there again. You always know that they're just like any other opposition: if you get them under pressure they can succumb to that."

The success in Hobart means that under the leadership of Wright and the captain Ross Taylor, New Zealand have won two of their past three Tests, having previously had only two wins from 21 matches before the Zimbabwe trip. A one-off Test against Zimbabwe at home in late January gives them a strong chance to keep that form going, but Wright talked down the idea of New Zealand being on the cusp of a special era.

"It's a bit early to tell," he said. "People tend to get a little bit carried away with victory. We'll let the dust settle. We'll pick our best side and try to get another win against Zimbabwe. Then we've got South Africa coming, who are very formidable opponents. Let's hope we can show some of the fighting qualities that people saw."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • FatBoysCanBat on December 15, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    @RandyOZ: While I agree that Boult is a better prospect for NZ than Bracewell, you are being extremely naive to say that Bracewell got lucky and Aussie had a bad day. Bracewell bowled superbly in that match-winning spell. The ball that got Hussey was an absolute gem and would would have dismissed any left-hander first up. And he had Clarke all at sea in the and set him up for the full ball that got him. These "bad days" are becoming a bit of a habit for Aus in the last couple of years.

  • v_singh on December 15, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Well replied @ReverseSweepIndia !!

    @Mattyblackcapsfan : You should atleast be happy that people from India had been following NZ-Aus cricket match & hence commenting on various articles too...

  • StrayKiwi on December 14, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    All I want to say is that it was an amazing test to watch. It is great to see the 5 day game still has something to offer in the world of the 90 second attention span.

  • JG2704 on December 14, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Posted by JG2704 on (December 14 2011, 09:32 AM GMT) I met Wright once - him and Martin Crowe after a Somerset/Derbyshire JPL game in the 80s and he was a really lovely bloke. They both were. I think that's why I'll always have a soft spot for NZ

  • JG2704 on December 14, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 on (December 14 2011, 11:13 AM GMT) - At least most of the English accept when we're bad in a series or format of a game and don't forever make excuses for losing other than admitting we were poor. Also who was the most dangerous batsman who India lacked for the whole series? If India were tired then they need to look at fitness issues. Many of their top names were rested from the previous WI series. Re - England can't win on flat tracks - well they have beaten Pak 2-1 and lost 2-0 to Pak in their last 2 visits , have not lost a series b y more than a single test in India or SL and let's not forget that Murali is no longer playing for SL. And England have never played in UAE. England might fail in UAE and SL , let's find out. By the way are Aus still struggling or have they now become the dominant force again in less than a year?

  • ReverseSweepIndia on December 14, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    @Mattyblackcapsfan, we Indian fan has a habit of commenting about every topic on planet. But can you really stop us from commenting on the guy for whom we have huge respect and who in a way changed the destiny of Indian cricket. Just want to wish that guy good luck in his present endeavor which is NZ and we know he is very much capable.

  • Stump-vision on December 14, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Don't yet write this current crop of Aussies off, despite their in-experience & injury woes. They are the Masters of Courage & competitiveness & will come out firing on all cylinders come Boxing Day. The upcoming test series will be setting the standards for Test Cricket in year 2012. Let's buckle up & soak-up test matches no matter which team you barrack for.

  • Mattyblackcapsfan on December 14, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    will indian fans stop commenting bout how john wright was this n that 4 india this is a nz forum,i think john wright is exactly the coach we need to climb up them rankings we have always had fight,grit n determination but he seems to have moulded it into our entire team,it will take time n the real fans know this but with consistent selection n each young player (remembering its still very young team) givin time the fruit will bear in time,the zim series is a perfect chance to play young guys like adam milne rest martin 4 s.a series,young todd astle id love to see him get a game hes another good young all-rounder he bowls leg spin,doug bracewell was brilliant in the hobart test n was robbed of man of the match,i see a chance on the horizon to be excited black caps fans future looks bright

  • RandyOZ on December 14, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    I think Boult is better than Bracewell, Bracewell just got lucky with the Aussies having a bad day.

  • atuljain1969 on December 14, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    It is clear that BCCI is picking the right men for the job, be it Wright or Chapell or Kirsten, each of one them have only prospered after their Indian stint.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 15, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    @RandyOZ: While I agree that Boult is a better prospect for NZ than Bracewell, you are being extremely naive to say that Bracewell got lucky and Aussie had a bad day. Bracewell bowled superbly in that match-winning spell. The ball that got Hussey was an absolute gem and would would have dismissed any left-hander first up. And he had Clarke all at sea in the and set him up for the full ball that got him. These "bad days" are becoming a bit of a habit for Aus in the last couple of years.

  • v_singh on December 15, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Well replied @ReverseSweepIndia !!

    @Mattyblackcapsfan : You should atleast be happy that people from India had been following NZ-Aus cricket match & hence commenting on various articles too...

  • StrayKiwi on December 14, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    All I want to say is that it was an amazing test to watch. It is great to see the 5 day game still has something to offer in the world of the 90 second attention span.

  • JG2704 on December 14, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Posted by JG2704 on (December 14 2011, 09:32 AM GMT) I met Wright once - him and Martin Crowe after a Somerset/Derbyshire JPL game in the 80s and he was a really lovely bloke. They both were. I think that's why I'll always have a soft spot for NZ

  • JG2704 on December 14, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 on (December 14 2011, 11:13 AM GMT) - At least most of the English accept when we're bad in a series or format of a game and don't forever make excuses for losing other than admitting we were poor. Also who was the most dangerous batsman who India lacked for the whole series? If India were tired then they need to look at fitness issues. Many of their top names were rested from the previous WI series. Re - England can't win on flat tracks - well they have beaten Pak 2-1 and lost 2-0 to Pak in their last 2 visits , have not lost a series b y more than a single test in India or SL and let's not forget that Murali is no longer playing for SL. And England have never played in UAE. England might fail in UAE and SL , let's find out. By the way are Aus still struggling or have they now become the dominant force again in less than a year?

  • ReverseSweepIndia on December 14, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    @Mattyblackcapsfan, we Indian fan has a habit of commenting about every topic on planet. But can you really stop us from commenting on the guy for whom we have huge respect and who in a way changed the destiny of Indian cricket. Just want to wish that guy good luck in his present endeavor which is NZ and we know he is very much capable.

  • Stump-vision on December 14, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Don't yet write this current crop of Aussies off, despite their in-experience & injury woes. They are the Masters of Courage & competitiveness & will come out firing on all cylinders come Boxing Day. The upcoming test series will be setting the standards for Test Cricket in year 2012. Let's buckle up & soak-up test matches no matter which team you barrack for.

  • Mattyblackcapsfan on December 14, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    will indian fans stop commenting bout how john wright was this n that 4 india this is a nz forum,i think john wright is exactly the coach we need to climb up them rankings we have always had fight,grit n determination but he seems to have moulded it into our entire team,it will take time n the real fans know this but with consistent selection n each young player (remembering its still very young team) givin time the fruit will bear in time,the zim series is a perfect chance to play young guys like adam milne rest martin 4 s.a series,young todd astle id love to see him get a game hes another good young all-rounder he bowls leg spin,doug bracewell was brilliant in the hobart test n was robbed of man of the match,i see a chance on the horizon to be excited black caps fans future looks bright

  • RandyOZ on December 14, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    I think Boult is better than Bracewell, Bracewell just got lucky with the Aussies having a bad day.

  • atuljain1969 on December 14, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    It is clear that BCCI is picking the right men for the job, be it Wright or Chapell or Kirsten, each of one them have only prospered after their Indian stint.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 14, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    @SPENCE 1234 . WHEN AUSSIES WERE STRONG YOUR PATHETIC ENG TAKES 1988 TO 2005 ( 16 YEARSS TO REGAIN ASHES) AND WERE THRASHED 5-0 IN 2007 THAT TOO WHEN YOUR SIDE PLAYS WITH ALL PLAYERS FULL FIT .WHILE INDIA ALWAYS GIVE AUSSIES TOUGH TIME BOTH HOME & AWAY SINCE 2000s .YOU THRAHSED A STRUGGILNG AUSSIE TEAM & AN INJURED & TIRED INDIAN TEAM WHICH WERE LACKING THERE MOST DANDEROUS BATSMEN & THEIR ONLY WORLD CLASS BOWLER FOR THE WHOLE SERIES .AND IF YOU SAY SHEWAG IS A FLAT TRACK BULLY THEN CHECK HIS STATS IN AUS HE HAS 58 AVG. HERE ALSO IN NZ HE WAS THE ONLY BATSMEN TO SCORE 2 CENTURIES IN 2002 TOUR & MADE 125 RUNS IN HAMILTON .HE MADE HIS TEST DEBUT IN SA MAKING 120 RUNS AGAINST POLLACK , NITINI , KALLIS .WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR ENG SIDE IN INDIA RECENTLY . LOOOL ENG CAN;T PLAY SPIN THEY CAN'T BAT 50 OVERS IN 4 GAMES . AT LEAST INDIA PLAYS FOR NEARLY ABOUT 80 OVERS IN EACH INNINGS IN ENGLAND .

  • rahulcricket007 on December 14, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    @spence1234. AND YOUR ENGLAND CAN'T WIN ON FLAT TRACKS LIKE IN IND , SL PAK , UAE .

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 14, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    They last two paragraphs portray the man that is John Geoffrey Wright - he doesn't get "carried away" and lose sight of what he wants to achieve and just says it like it is.

  • RFeynman on December 14, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @spence1324: It is worth noting that you know little about Indian cricket or its record outside subcontinent. Except for England series last summer and Australian tour of 2008, India has either won or drawn their last overseas tours in every other country outside the sub continent. I know a lot of Indian fans go over the top in their support and defense but it does not help that there are posters like you ready to provoke them. I guess you deserve each other...

  • JG2704 on December 14, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    I met Wright once - him and Martin Crowe after a Somerset/Derbyshire JPL game in the 80s and he was a really lovely bloke. They both were. I think that's why I'll always have a soft spot for NZ

  • Srini_Indian on December 14, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    @spence1324: India are the only team to consistently challenge Australia in Australia and won at least 1 test match since 2000 when Aussies are strong. England can't win against strong Australia even in home whereas Australia just won 1 series in India for 30 years. We have drawn the series against SA 1-1, thrashed England in 2007, beaten NZ in 2009, drawn England in 2002, beat WI in 2006,2011. If not for Steve Waugh in Sydney test, we would have won the series 2-1 in 2002 and if not for Bucknor and Benson, India could have won the last series too. England beaten only the weak Aussies whereas against the strong team, you have been hiding for ages. What's the England's record in sub-continent? England are pussy cats outside home

  • spence1324 on December 14, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    @rahul 78 LOL india still can not win outside the subcontinent!

  • Rag-Aaron on December 14, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    I'm so sick of all these people going on about how McCullum should go back to wicketkeeping - He has stated very clearly that his knees are stuffed from continually squating up and down for every delivery of a test match. Hence his not keeping in test matches anymore. It's a simple enough concept, I hope people can get a grip on it for the future. Thanks for listening.

  • G-Wyll on December 14, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    John Wright's calm and measured approach to building a young, talented team will bear fruit in 3 to 4 years. With the exception of Reece Young (for Kruger Van Wyk), this team needs to continually be picked to build up valuable experience against all types of opposition. They have their start - a fantastic and satisfying win over the crumbling, disjointed Australians, and nothing can take that away, even the thinly disguised David Warner Man of the Match farce. These things can only make us stronger. Doug Bracewell, 9 for 60. Great work mate, can't wait to see what you and the lads come up with next, especially when our batters start to finally fire in unison. Go the Black Caps, and disregard all of the ranting diatribe that some so called 'fans' want to heap on you when things don't go right. Build slowly and build well, and the results will come, especially with such a great coach at the helm.

  • OttawaRocks on December 14, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Wright and Ganguly forged India into contenders abroad while continuing their home success - changing the team from a mediocre one into a good one. Thereafter, Dhoni and Kirsten continued the work and today we have finally arrived in a much better place. Yes, the veterans have almost finished their careers but the youngsters have come up well without the undue pressure of having to win from the get go. All the best to John Wright!

  • KD84 on December 14, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    New Zealand need to find another solid opener, I think Guptill is a good batsman but not an opener, rather see him bat 3 or 4. They also need an aggressive batting wicket keeper who can score quickly when the tail is in.

    I hope they are also developing another spinner because Dan won't be around forever.

    I would have McCullum, <<insert new opener here>>, Guptill, Taylor, Brownlie, Williamson, Vettori, <<attacking keeper batsman>>, Bracewell, Southee, Martin, 12th: Boult

    Ryder needs to pick up his game big time!

  • beejaytee on December 14, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    @amirev777 - Great plan! You're first three steps will see McCullum, Bracewell & Brownlie all out injured for extended periods. "Turn your form batsman into a bowler, turn your form bowler into a batsman. Oh, and that opener with the recurring back problem? Make him your wicketkeeper". Brilliant. someone give this man a coaching contract.

  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    The credit should go to Boult, Bracewell & Martin (although the Phantom was SLIGHTLY flat on Day 4). Southee is a good bowler, but he was the weakest seamer all series, also his body language suggested they were beaten in Test 1 & 2. Apart from his first 10 overs in the series, Bracewell was VERY good. I also like the look of Boult in the end his assault (flukey?) on Siddle with the Phantom at the other end could be viewed as the match winning innings!!!!! Two shots from Boult spring to mind (total of 8 runs) - the shot where he dabbed/cut/volleyed a Siddle bouncer over the slip cordon (his backside was almost on the ground bat extended fully) & the square cut off a Siddle yorker that was taking out middle stump I think are the decisive shots of the match - either that or the NINE balls that Martin faced - including a full over against Lyon! The full over Martin faced preceeded Boults 3 x4s off Siddle!

  • amirev777 on December 14, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Here are some tips for NZ to be a world class test team. 1. Hand over the gloves to McCullum and make him bat at No. 5 or 6. 2. Dean Brownlie should come at No.3 and he is much better bowler than what he seems. He bowls decent leg-cutters and also possesses a deceptive off-cutter with which he almost had Ponting LBW in the first Test. I feel he should be bowling much more than he does. 3. Doug Bracewell should concentrate more on his batting as well. He has potential to be world class all-rounder. It would be great if he could add another 5kph of speed to his bowling. 4. Give Rob Nicol a chance to play in Test matches. He is an handy off spinner too, that way there is no need to play a specialist spinner on pitches not responsive to spin bowling. 5. Opening the innings is a big concern, and there are no world class openers in sight. Guptill has been a big let down. Perhaps Lou Vincent can be given a recall, and he can also practice his wicket-keeping skills.

  • Rahul_78 on December 14, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    John is the Renaissance man in Indian cricket. His guidance along with leadership of Ganguly broke the years and years shekels into the mind and attitude of Indian cricketers that they were a useless travelers. Indian couldnt win anything substantial outside subcontinent earlier but John came in with a fresh perspective and made the right changes. Always lots of love and respect for John from us Indian fans. I am sure he will make the difference to NZ cricket as well.

  • satish619chandar on December 14, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    This man Wright is something special.. Can make things happen.. Bought some new thoughts and clarity in the functioning of Indian cricket and hope he gets things settled for his home country too..

  • v_singh on December 14, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    John Wright contributed a lot to Indian Cricket; he and Ganguly (as Captain) built a strong team with some wonderful players. John Wright knows that though they won in Hobart, the victory was not convincing (despite an enjoyable match) and a lot of work needs to be done in the NZ batting deptt... SA vs NZ would be a test for Wright and Taylor..

    SA has a new coach in Kirsten (who had tremendous success with the Indian team which was initially "built" by Wright); Kirsten has committed himself for a long stint with the aim of removing the 'c'-tag from the SA-team and so it would be wonderfult o see how Kiwis perform against a mush stronger SA unit in their own backyard !!!

  • SSPrash on December 14, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Well, one can just hope that Doug will survive the long run. Pacers from NZL are notoriously frustrating with their "consistent breakdowns", if this lad can play 50 tests without the customary "Kiwi breaking down"...we all be treated to a magnificient talent. Looks like a superb deal on offer for IPL franchises...another millionaire?! :-)

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  • SSPrash on December 14, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Well, one can just hope that Doug will survive the long run. Pacers from NZL are notoriously frustrating with their "consistent breakdowns", if this lad can play 50 tests without the customary "Kiwi breaking down"...we all be treated to a magnificient talent. Looks like a superb deal on offer for IPL franchises...another millionaire?! :-)

  • v_singh on December 14, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    John Wright contributed a lot to Indian Cricket; he and Ganguly (as Captain) built a strong team with some wonderful players. John Wright knows that though they won in Hobart, the victory was not convincing (despite an enjoyable match) and a lot of work needs to be done in the NZ batting deptt... SA vs NZ would be a test for Wright and Taylor..

    SA has a new coach in Kirsten (who had tremendous success with the Indian team which was initially "built" by Wright); Kirsten has committed himself for a long stint with the aim of removing the 'c'-tag from the SA-team and so it would be wonderfult o see how Kiwis perform against a mush stronger SA unit in their own backyard !!!

  • satish619chandar on December 14, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    This man Wright is something special.. Can make things happen.. Bought some new thoughts and clarity in the functioning of Indian cricket and hope he gets things settled for his home country too..

  • Rahul_78 on December 14, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    John is the Renaissance man in Indian cricket. His guidance along with leadership of Ganguly broke the years and years shekels into the mind and attitude of Indian cricketers that they were a useless travelers. Indian couldnt win anything substantial outside subcontinent earlier but John came in with a fresh perspective and made the right changes. Always lots of love and respect for John from us Indian fans. I am sure he will make the difference to NZ cricket as well.

  • amirev777 on December 14, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Here are some tips for NZ to be a world class test team. 1. Hand over the gloves to McCullum and make him bat at No. 5 or 6. 2. Dean Brownlie should come at No.3 and he is much better bowler than what he seems. He bowls decent leg-cutters and also possesses a deceptive off-cutter with which he almost had Ponting LBW in the first Test. I feel he should be bowling much more than he does. 3. Doug Bracewell should concentrate more on his batting as well. He has potential to be world class all-rounder. It would be great if he could add another 5kph of speed to his bowling. 4. Give Rob Nicol a chance to play in Test matches. He is an handy off spinner too, that way there is no need to play a specialist spinner on pitches not responsive to spin bowling. 5. Opening the innings is a big concern, and there are no world class openers in sight. Guptill has been a big let down. Perhaps Lou Vincent can be given a recall, and he can also practice his wicket-keeping skills.

  • Meety on December 14, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    The credit should go to Boult, Bracewell & Martin (although the Phantom was SLIGHTLY flat on Day 4). Southee is a good bowler, but he was the weakest seamer all series, also his body language suggested they were beaten in Test 1 & 2. Apart from his first 10 overs in the series, Bracewell was VERY good. I also like the look of Boult in the end his assault (flukey?) on Siddle with the Phantom at the other end could be viewed as the match winning innings!!!!! Two shots from Boult spring to mind (total of 8 runs) - the shot where he dabbed/cut/volleyed a Siddle bouncer over the slip cordon (his backside was almost on the ground bat extended fully) & the square cut off a Siddle yorker that was taking out middle stump I think are the decisive shots of the match - either that or the NINE balls that Martin faced - including a full over against Lyon! The full over Martin faced preceeded Boults 3 x4s off Siddle!

  • beejaytee on December 14, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    @amirev777 - Great plan! You're first three steps will see McCullum, Bracewell & Brownlie all out injured for extended periods. "Turn your form batsman into a bowler, turn your form bowler into a batsman. Oh, and that opener with the recurring back problem? Make him your wicketkeeper". Brilliant. someone give this man a coaching contract.

  • KD84 on December 14, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    New Zealand need to find another solid opener, I think Guptill is a good batsman but not an opener, rather see him bat 3 or 4. They also need an aggressive batting wicket keeper who can score quickly when the tail is in.

    I hope they are also developing another spinner because Dan won't be around forever.

    I would have McCullum, <<insert new opener here>>, Guptill, Taylor, Brownlie, Williamson, Vettori, <<attacking keeper batsman>>, Bracewell, Southee, Martin, 12th: Boult

    Ryder needs to pick up his game big time!

  • OttawaRocks on December 14, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Wright and Ganguly forged India into contenders abroad while continuing their home success - changing the team from a mediocre one into a good one. Thereafter, Dhoni and Kirsten continued the work and today we have finally arrived in a much better place. Yes, the veterans have almost finished their careers but the youngsters have come up well without the undue pressure of having to win from the get go. All the best to John Wright!

  • G-Wyll on December 14, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    John Wright's calm and measured approach to building a young, talented team will bear fruit in 3 to 4 years. With the exception of Reece Young (for Kruger Van Wyk), this team needs to continually be picked to build up valuable experience against all types of opposition. They have their start - a fantastic and satisfying win over the crumbling, disjointed Australians, and nothing can take that away, even the thinly disguised David Warner Man of the Match farce. These things can only make us stronger. Doug Bracewell, 9 for 60. Great work mate, can't wait to see what you and the lads come up with next, especially when our batters start to finally fire in unison. Go the Black Caps, and disregard all of the ranting diatribe that some so called 'fans' want to heap on you when things don't go right. Build slowly and build well, and the results will come, especially with such a great coach at the helm.