New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Dunedin March 5, 2013

Bracewell ruled out of first Test


Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the first Test against England due to the foot injury he sustained while cleaning up glass after a party at his home in Napier.

Bracewell did not attend New Zealand's final training session at University Oval on Tuesday although it is hoped he will recover in time for the second Test in Wellington. It means that Ian Butler, the Otago seamer, could be in line for his first Test appearance in more than eight years. The final place is between him and the uncapped left-arm spinner Bruce Martin.

The situation, which occurred away from the New Zealand squad, has not resulted in any disciplinary action for Bracewell although he has been reminded of his responsibilities and Brendon McCullum, the captain, believes it has been over stressed.

"I think the Doug situation has been blown out of proportion to be honest," he said. "It was an accident with was unfortunate because it has ruled him out of a match he was hoping to be at his best for. He has been able to build up for it. I think he will be back for the second Test."

Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said that there were expectations on players to ensure they were ready for international duty but did not think there were any significant problems around the culture of the team that needed to be addressed.

"We've got really good standards in terms of the expectations we have on our players," he said. "They are also human and spend a lot of time away from the group. There is the expectation that what they do does not affect their preparation and we are pretty strong with that.

"There's been a bit of comment about the situation but his foot just hasn't recovered. He can't put any weight on it. There's not a lot we can do when he's away from the side. What I understand he was cleaning up after having a group of people over to watch the rugby. It's really disappointing for Doug and the team as he's a crucial part of our seam attack."

Earlier, Bracewell apologised for the situation and its impact on his team-mates. A media release from New Zealand Cricket referred to the incident as "unfortunate" and stated that Bracewell had been "reminded of his obligations and responsibilities as a NZC contracted player".

"We've told Doug that he needs to take responsibility for what happens around him and that he needs to do all he can to ensure his preparation for international cricket is not compromised," Mike Sandle, the New Zealand team manager, said. "Doug is very sorry for any inconvenience he has caused his team-mates and members of the public and he has apologised to his neighbour in Napier."

New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief executive Heath Mills was involved in Sandle's discussions with Bracewell, who was dropped from the one-day squad in 2012 for breaking team protocol.

"We want to ensure that incidents like this are not repeated and that we provide ongoing support for young players to ensure they are meeting all their obligations and responsibilities," Mills said.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Murray on March 5, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Lucky no-one got hurt by Hassett's impromptu demonstration of fielding prowess with Harry Oppenheimer's crystal brandy glasses !

  • Glenn on March 5, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Replacing him with Butler or Wagner, won't make allot of difference. I don't think we will lose much taking into account Bracewell's recent form. All his Test wickets came early when he seemed to be able to swing the older ball with ease. He had a 7/35 a few weeks ago in the Plunket shield, but other than that he hasn't done much in the last 15 months. Wagner's form isn't allot better at test level, so if they go for three pacemen I wouldn't be surprised they go with Butler, who is also a slightly better batsman, on par with Bracewell. I suspect Martin will be 12th man. Anyway, cricket form aside, good on Bracers for having a shin dig .... I didn't know there was a law against it on his own time? Give him a break - Sandle and half you lot are carrying on like he's comitted a serious crime. It is what it is, he's a young guy being a young guy. I hope Zac wasn't there? Bottoms up!

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    I guess Braces must have sworn loudly upon cutting his foot, hence the apology to his neighbour.

  • P on March 5, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Very poor from Bracewell, gosh if I was playing test cricket for my country and getting paid for it, I would not be having or going to any parties a week or 2 before the first test. It just seems there is no discipline or duty of care in the matter. Disappointing really.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @ landl47 I suppose the key point is whether this is a "drinking related injury". Certainly give the circumstances that is the impression people will get, whether it is true or not I don't know.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Was Jesse Ryder at the party? What is it with Kiwi cricketers, body parts and glass? In any event Bracewell's bowling has been very ordinary since his Hobart performance and he brings nothing to the party with the bat so its no great loss. Wagner surely has to come in after his superb efforts in the warm up game and I see nothing wrong in going in with two left arm quicks (Wagner, Boult) and Southee. Ian Butler? you have to be joking after the towellling he got in the last T20 where he showed he is one-dimensional bowler who gets easily rattled. And Chris Martin? Yes he's been a wonderful performer but he's surely past his use by date.

  • Andrew on March 5, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Shame for Bracewell & NZ. I rate him pretty highly. A 4-prong pace attack of Gillespie/Boult/Southee/Wagner would of posed a few problems for England's top order. Not sure about Buttler & less sure about the spinner Martin.

  • Sachit on March 5, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Bring phantom (Chris Martin) back. He is very consistent with his line and length. Though he lacks in wicket taking ability but he maintains great line from one end and gives good platform to his partner to scrap from other end. I believe he would be ideal comrade for Southee, Boult and Wagner.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    why dont new zealand bring in ryder to strenghten their batting

  • Victor on March 5, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    I can half see why Butler is chosen to replaced Bracewell as Bracewell would bat at no 8 and his replacement must be reasonable with the bat otherwise NZ will have a very long tail. I would have went for Neesham rather than Butler unless Neesham is injured.

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