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

Bracewell ruled out of first Test

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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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  • Bonehead_maz 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 !

  • Glenn10 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!

  • on March 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

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

  • pt_pt 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meety 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.

  • Sachit1979 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.

  • on March 5, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    why dont new zealand bring in ryder to strenghten their batting

  • giggler12345 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.

  • Bonehead_maz 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 !

  • Glenn10 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!

  • on March 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

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

  • pt_pt 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meety 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.

  • Sachit1979 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.

  • on March 5, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    why dont new zealand bring in ryder to strenghten their batting

  • giggler12345 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.

  • Bonehead_maz on March 5, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Mike Sandle needs to be replaced with a sturdier shoe ?

  • featurewriter on March 5, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Bjan: If you believe that story, you'll believe anything. (You did read how he also had to apologise to his neighbour in Napier, right? That should give you some insight into what went on - and that hardly seems responsible conduct on the eve of a Test series.)

  • TrickyKid on March 5, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    @Bjan Bracewell has a bit of a reputation as some one who likes to enjoy themselves. And good on him, but NZ doesn't need more wasted potential of a Ryder-esque nature. NZ need a specialist bowler. Hopefully it means Wagner, Gillespie and/or Bruce Martin, rather than more of an all-rounder type like Butler.

  • landl47 on March 5, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    I'm not sure what obligation Bracewell failed to meet if the injury was as straightforward as this report implies. Maybe there's more to the story, like how the glass came to be broken in the first place, or what condition Bracewell was in while trying to clean it up.

    Anyway, it's bad luck for Bracewell and New Zealand.

  • Don_The_Green on March 5, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    @bjan - Totally Agree. I can't think of too many other occupations where you have to apologise for accidents.

  • Vindaliew on March 5, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    I think he had to apologise not so much for cleaning up glass, but for having a wild party so close to a Test match. That he had to apologise to his neighbour probably means it wasn't a party which was particularly sensitive to the needs of the neighbour.

  • on March 5, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Butler had a poor last T20 but the previous one he was awesome, 2/9 off 4.

  • on March 5, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    wear shoes.

  • pmahone on March 4, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Good on him for cleaning up. Sounds like a regular bloke and there should be more of them playing sport at this level.

    Shame about the foot.

  • sherlockoz on March 4, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    MB40, a very selective criticism, have you forgotten Butler's bowling performance in the first T20 in Hamilton? He's been around awhile and has good experience, he is at least as quick as Bracewell and bowls with good aggression. If you look at Bracewell's performances in his last few test matches, I doubt that NZ will lose anything with Butler, in fact quite similar cricketers.

  • Robster1 on March 4, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Why not Chris Martin ? I trust him over Butler any day.

  • shooting on March 4, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Um... Ian Butler? nice joke. Mark Gillespie or Matt Henry would be the next answer.

  • NonStriker on March 4, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    @Bjan Well... he shouldn't have been cleaning up the gass in bare feet. Maybe he's apologisng for that?

    @MB40... if you think 20/20 is relevant to Test match selection (it's not) why not cite the match before when Butler was all over England?

    I dunno if Matt Henry has had that great a season and Mark Gillespie played his way out of contention in Queenstown. As a fourth seamer Butler might fit the bill but oh for a genuine all rounder instead. In a year or two it might be Neesham or Anderson.

  • 64W..HotShot on March 4, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    mmm, cleaning glass in NZ is a breach of contract... whoa

  • on March 4, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    They need to pick wagner who took wickets in the warm up match. Ian is a bit hit and miss at times, one good T20I cant warrent a Test call up over other younger bowlers who have proven themselves?

  • on March 4, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Thank god he said sorry to his Neighbour.

  • Sheenbob on March 4, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    The problem is, and the reason he is apologising, is because he is having a party days out from a major test series. Not the best idea from a 'professional' athlete.

  • PratUSA on March 4, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    So the issue is that he had party at his home or that he cleaned broken glass himself without being careful enough? Are these contracts getting too restrictive?

  • cheesemethod on March 4, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Bjan... I think the point they are trying to make is why is Dougy having parties at his house a few days out from a test match. Its not exactly crime of the century but it cant be good for preparation. Its more unfortunate than bad behaviour.

  • Hitman2-1 on March 4, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    @MB40, Oh how short your memory is!!!Granted Butler did bowl poorly in the third T20 but so did all the NZ bowlers. However, you should probably research all the games before categorising a player based on one game. During the second T20 he bowled 4-0-9-2 and was the pick of the bowlers from either team. Its also worthwhile mentioning that Butler has been called into the TEST squad, NOT the T20 squad. Two different games my friend. If you also looked into the stats for this seasons Plunket Shield you would also discover that Butler showed more success in the longer format than Bracewell did.

  • Bjan on March 4, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I don't get why Dougie has to apologise for trying to clean up broken glass in his home. What would you rather he do, leave it there? It really just seems to be one of those "it happens" kinda things to me.

  • LewisDuckworth on March 4, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Surely Mark Gillespie or Matt Henry would have been far better inclusions rather then Butler as cover for Bracewell.

    Fingers crossed that Bracewell can play, because if New Zealand decide they want to go with 4 seamers and play Butler it'll be a long, long test match.......

  • MB40 on March 4, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Ian Butler bowled terribly against Hales and Lumb in the last t20 against Eng, and looks like he lacks the brains, pace, swing and general wicket-taking ability of Bracewell. If the likes of Butler can get into the NZ Test team, it really might be a 3-0 walkover.

  • Surajdon9 on March 4, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    He will never Improved...

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  • Surajdon9 on March 4, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    He will never Improved...

  • MB40 on March 4, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Ian Butler bowled terribly against Hales and Lumb in the last t20 against Eng, and looks like he lacks the brains, pace, swing and general wicket-taking ability of Bracewell. If the likes of Butler can get into the NZ Test team, it really might be a 3-0 walkover.

  • LewisDuckworth on March 4, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Surely Mark Gillespie or Matt Henry would have been far better inclusions rather then Butler as cover for Bracewell.

    Fingers crossed that Bracewell can play, because if New Zealand decide they want to go with 4 seamers and play Butler it'll be a long, long test match.......

  • Bjan on March 4, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I don't get why Dougie has to apologise for trying to clean up broken glass in his home. What would you rather he do, leave it there? It really just seems to be one of those "it happens" kinda things to me.

  • Hitman2-1 on March 4, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    @MB40, Oh how short your memory is!!!Granted Butler did bowl poorly in the third T20 but so did all the NZ bowlers. However, you should probably research all the games before categorising a player based on one game. During the second T20 he bowled 4-0-9-2 and was the pick of the bowlers from either team. Its also worthwhile mentioning that Butler has been called into the TEST squad, NOT the T20 squad. Two different games my friend. If you also looked into the stats for this seasons Plunket Shield you would also discover that Butler showed more success in the longer format than Bracewell did.

  • cheesemethod on March 4, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Bjan... I think the point they are trying to make is why is Dougy having parties at his house a few days out from a test match. Its not exactly crime of the century but it cant be good for preparation. Its more unfortunate than bad behaviour.

  • PratUSA on March 4, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    So the issue is that he had party at his home or that he cleaned broken glass himself without being careful enough? Are these contracts getting too restrictive?

  • Sheenbob on March 4, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    The problem is, and the reason he is apologising, is because he is having a party days out from a major test series. Not the best idea from a 'professional' athlete.

  • on March 4, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Thank god he said sorry to his Neighbour.

  • on March 4, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    They need to pick wagner who took wickets in the warm up match. Ian is a bit hit and miss at times, one good T20I cant warrent a Test call up over other younger bowlers who have proven themselves?