New Zealand A in England 2014 July 11, 2014

Bracewell replaces injured Milne in NZ A squad

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Fast bowler Doug Bracewell has been called up to the New Zealand A squad for the tour of England as a replacement for the injured Adam Milne. Bracewell lost his place in the Test squad earlier this year due to disciplinary issues and gets his chance to press his Test case after Milne was sidelined with an elbow injury for six weeks.

"Doug has been working very hard on and off the field to restore his relationship with the selectors, and his change of attitude has been noted," Bruce Edgar, New Zealand selection chief, said. "He understands the trust that has been placed in him, and is delighted to have a chance to show he's learnt from his mistakes."

Bracewell, 23, had showed signs of his ability to thrive at the international level more than two years ago when he starred in the famous Test win over Australia in Hobart. He was a regular in the Test side for the next couple of years before the disciplinary trouble cost him his place. He was also not awarded a central contract this year by New Zealand Cricket.

Squad: BJ Watling (capt), Hamish Bennett, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, Anton Devcich (returns after one-day matches), Grant Elliott, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi (returns after one-day matches), Todd Astle (solely for three-day matches), Michael Bracewell (solely for three-day matches), Mark Craig (solely for three-day matches)

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  • Blake on July 17, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @Min2000 - Williamson is contracted to Yorkshire, he is playing for them as we speak.

    Jordanious77 - Not a bad side at all eh? de Grandhomme had a brilliant domestic season last year, I'm sure he will get plenty of game time.

    A massive amount of kiwi cricketers are in the UK at the moment!

  • Jordan on July 14, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Oops, Messed up my last post. Noticed whilst re-reading through it. I was supposed to write Bennett instead of Mitchell^ My bad.

    It's really sad to see Milne get another injury, though. He's one of the few out an out fast bowlers in the world atm. If we are feeling this frustrated imagine how he's feeling.

  • Jordan on July 14, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Just looking at the players selected im assuming theyll have a team looking something like this?

    Latham, Rutherford, Bracewell, de grandhomme/Brownlie, Devcich/Kuggeleijn, Elliot/Munro, Watling, astle, craig/Sodhi, Mitchell, Henry

    It's a long tour so it's not surprising they have named a reasonably big squad. But theres a lot of similar players vying for positions.

    Personally I would play Latham, Rutherford, Bracewell, de grandhomme, Brownlie, Devcich/Munro, Watling, Astle, Sodhi, Mitchell, Henry and only use Craig as cover for one of the leggies. I doubt they'll do that. I just think Todd is too good to leave out.

    Anyway, I had noticed no one had made their 2nd 11 team so figured i'd give it a go. GL nz, i hope all the youngesters play well. Looking forward to seeing Toddy back in action

  • Jon on July 13, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Why isn't Williamson on this tour and leading this side? I'm not sure what his current commitments are but if he is the heir apparent to McCullum then this would have been a perfect opportunity for him.

  • Blake on July 13, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    @Shane Bond - Agreed he is depressingly injury prone. It's a bummer I really wanted to see how Milne performed in English conditions, I think he would have been a threat over there.

    Players who perform well on this tour, will really put themselves in the position to be next in line for national duty. Looking forward to seeing the results, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Bracewell among the top performers...

  • Jon on July 13, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Batting looks a little thin.... I'd say look out for Scott Kuggeleijn, a promising young seamer who is good enough with the bat to be considered a genuine all-rounder. ND's player of the year last year (only 22 years old).

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    What does Jeet Raval need to do to get a call up?

  • john on July 12, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Great news!..go for it bracewell..come back to hobart of the great tests in nz history.

  • Darren on July 11, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Michael Bracewell for 3 day games with an average of 40 when you've got batsmen like Craig Cachopa with an average over 50?

  • Sachit on July 11, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Matt Henry, Anton Devcich and Hamish Bennett would be talents to really watch for

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