New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 December 14, 2011

Bracewell has 'done some special things' - Wright


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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  • Ryan 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.

  • Vikrant 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...

  • Euan 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.

  • John 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

  • John 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?

  • Dinesh 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.

  • Raman 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.

  • Matty 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

  • Randolph 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.

  • atul 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.

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