New Zealand in England 2013 April 24, 2013

Bracewell looks to win back Test spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Doug Bracewell, the New Zealand seamer, has fully recovered from the foot injury that kept him out of the recent home series against England. He is expected to travel with the rest of the squad on Monday to England, where they will play in two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is beginning May 16. The Champions Trophy, which begins June 6, coincides with the duration of the tour.

Bracewell, however, realises the path back into the team will not be an easy one, as a few fresh faces have staked their claim on bowling spots within the team. "It's changed a little bit," he told the New Zealand Herald. "Obviously it's hard when you get an injury. You're out of the team, someone comes in and replaces you and they do quite well.

"It's a little bit frustrating to be left out. They [the selectors] will have their reasons and I'm sure we'll talk about that in the future. I am sure the guys who are there ahead of me deserve it, so all I can do is train hard and work on my bowling and get back there. It's been a good little break but I can't wait to get over there."

Bracewell's first major assignment will be the tour games against Derbyshire from May 4-6, and England Lions from May 9-12.

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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on April 24, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Great news for both teams really. For NZ, Bracewell's a steady and probing bowler that will continue asking questions of England's batsmen. Conversely, for England, their adventures against spin and medium-pace in India has left them needing some practice against his type of bowling. England had better 'Brace-well' for impact this time and 'Cook' up a strong team before Aus. 'Trott' onto the scene 'Prior' to the Ashes. The draw in the NZ series should have alarm 'Bell's ringing and there shouldn't be any "Broad' smiles on any of England's bowlers just yet. 'Onions' make eyes water, but so does poor cricket. 'Swann' and 'Woakes' the ones to watch say some; I just hope the England team 'Root' around and find some great form - get in good 'Nick' you might say...

  • StevieS on April 24, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    He will do well on English wickets expecially early season where the ball may zip around a bit aka the Hobart test. I must admit I am really looking forward to Southee, Boult and Bracewell bowling on English greentops, they are all genuine swingers and seamers of the ball and it will be interesting to see how they go with the Duke ball.

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