Reid gets Bracken back in the swing
Nathan Bracken has "chased" the bowling coach Bruce Reid around the world in the past couple of years as he rediscovered the swing that earned him a Test recall. Reid, who played 27 Tests for Australia, can expect another call before Australia meet the West Indies in Brisbane on Thursday after Bracken was promoted to the squad ahead of Stuart Clark.
Bracken singled out Reid after he worked with him before touring India for a one-day series in 2003 and the relationship has continued to bring benefits. "He helped me out and basically got me on track swinging the ball," Bracken said in The Australian. "Unfortunately, the situation was he signed with India so it became hard to do work with him in Australia because he was their bowling coach ... and then he did work with other countries so it's sort of been trying to chase him around the world to catch up."
Before the first Test Bracken wants to send Reid video footage of his action to "see what he thinks and see if there's anything he can pick up". Bracken is expected to get the nod over Stuart MacGill at the Gabba and is looking forward to targeting the West Indies' left-handers. "I enjoy bowling to them," he told the paper. "Growing up, my father was a left-hander so I always had plenty of practice. I wouldn't put him on the same field as Brian Lara, but he tried hard."
Bracken has played only three Tests, all against India in 2003-04, but was part of the Super Series one-day side after a strong performance for New South Wales last summer. His bowling in Brisbane was particularly noticeable and he helped win the Pura Cup final against Queensland with a spell of 6 for 27 in the first innings. "It's been good to me the last few times I've been up there," Bracken said. "I'd love to see the same sort of wicket we played on up there, but I don't think that will happen. It won't be quite as green."