Australia in New Zealand 2015-16 February 16, 2016

Bracewell ruled out of second Test

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Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia in Christchurch after picking up a right shoulder injury.

New Zealand will not call a replacement into their squad ahead of the Test starting on Saturday with pace duo Matt Henry and Neil Wagner already with the team.

Bracewell has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff muscle after reporting pain following the first Test in Wellington where he took 2 for 127 off 33 overs. Bracewell was also the bowler to suffer when Richard Illingworth incorrectly called no-ball to deny him the wicket of Adam Voges late on the opening day.

"Doug has been a consistent performer for us this summer and put a lot of work into his game, so to miss out on the final Test against Australia is very disappointing for him and us," Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said. "He'll be given time to recover and we'll work with him to get him back training as quickly as possible."

Bracewell joins a New Zealand injury list which already included Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner who will both miss the second Test - which will be the last international appearance for Brendon McCullum - after being ruled out of the Wellington encounter.

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  • PaddyClarke on February 18, 2016, 1:46 GMT

    Bad luck for Doug, he is a good bowler for these conditions and will be missed.

    I still remember what he did to us in Tassie, so I am a little relieved. However I am sure his replacement will do a serviceable job.

  • SameOld on February 17, 2016, 21:33 GMT

    I think if Santner was fit, Anderson wouldn't be playing. Hesson said upon CA's injury return that he was only to play short forms this summer, and that would have been better for the team and Anderson himself. That way, Wags or Henry (or both in bracewell's absence) would fit in the side, and no Craig either, of course. A long tail, sure. But NZ don't win matches with the bat very often, they need big bowling performances to knock good sides over. Here's hoping for a huge performance from whoever replaces Bracewell, because Anderson and Craig look locked in for the extra runs they (might, maybe) bring. Understandable selections, but I think misguided in this case.

  • __PK on February 17, 2016, 21:07 GMT

    This will hurt NZ. Aus know Boult and Southee are dangerous with a new ball, but once you get through that period, they're nothing. Bracewell has been the most dangerous NZ bowler over the full innings in the last 4 tests between the sides. Not that NZ have had to bowl for a full 10-wicket innings all that often lately ;-)

  • AussieNSW on February 17, 2016, 21:05 GMT

    Yes Thetrueoracle, a good meaningful test win following the brief light hearted levity of the t20 circus series. The aussie stars deserved the rest they took from that series and the reserves earned a bit of a hit and giggle after their comprehensive 4-1 thrashing of India in the ODIs. I'm sure the boys will keep their eyes on the prize in Christchurch. What better incentive is there than to regain your rightful #1 test ranking and displacing the pretenders that are keeping that spot warm so very briefly.

  • wpbus13 on February 17, 2016, 13:14 GMT

    With the absence of Ross Taylor and an inconsistent Brendon McCullum, the middle order looks really shaky. It is a must win toss for NZ. I would still give the advantage to Australia because of their superior batting line up.

  • JackA92 on February 17, 2016, 12:40 GMT

    It is a shame that Santner is injured at the moment. I would like to see him in the team for the next test. If I was New Zealand I would have Santner, Henry and Wagner in for Craig Anderson and Bracewell. Although he did play well in wellington, NZ will need a spinner for some variety and to push through the overs. As for Aus they should drop Bird and bring in Patto. The attack was good in Wellington but it looked a bit padestrian as they barely passed the 135kph mark. Looking forward to this final test!

  • Four_Bits on February 17, 2016, 11:57 GMT

    True Oracle, Im pretty sure Australia beat India last time on their home soil in Australia. Unless you're refering to the T20 games, in which case i'd be happy to refer you to the correct forum, as it has absolutely nothing to do with these squads or this game/series. Just seems like an opportunity for you to boast about a very rare away win.

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on February 17, 2016, 11:19 GMT

    Get Henry and Wagner in the team. Drop Craig. Boult and Southee are not doing the business so you need 4 seamers.

  • JOHNCSPACE on February 17, 2016, 10:04 GMT

    If it's a green top as we believe it will, NZ should be ok, with 3/4 S quicks, will again test the team batting first. 350 will be unplayable target by either side, good luck may best team win, for us draw gives us deserving #1 test status.

  • TheTrueOracle on February 17, 2016, 9:00 GMT

    The ozzies bounced back form their recent Home loss of 3-0 against India, but We expect a more determined New Zealand side this time around.

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