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Doug Bracewell

'I don't have a favourite Aussie'

The latest Bracewell in international cricket may be named after a star from across the pond, but Australians aren't quite top of his list

Interview by Sharda Ugra

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Doug Bracewell is pumped up after taking a sharp catch, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Bangalore, April 7, 2012
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Which Doug are you named after - your uncle Douglas William Bracewell or Doug Walters?
Doug Walters. My dad was a huge fan and knows him quite well, and he's come out to NZ a couple of times and helped on my Dad's academy. Dad's loved him as a cricketer and a good bloke and he's named me after him. The last time he came out to New Zealand and saw us when I was in high school, I was about 16 - about five-six years ago.

Did he call you after Hobart to say well done?
No. I haven't heard from him for a while.

Is he your favourite Aussie?
I don't have a favourite Aussie.

Is there any man in the Bracewell clan who hasn't played cricket?
There's only one - Uncle Richard. He hasn't had much sporting background. The others have played rugby and cricket. My uncle Mark played first-class rugby, and also my Dad. I played rugby until high school and I had to choose.

How come you chose cricket?
Well, in high school I liked rugby more. But I broke my ankle, which ended my rugby season, and then in cricket I got selected for my associate and I started getting paid, so rugby kind of fell off the list.

How many Bracewells have played in a match together? All six at any time? At any level?
No, never. My uncles played against each other a couple of times. There's good stories there. I played with my cousin, who is my age, at the Under-19 World Cup. Two of my uncles played on the same rugby team, I think.

Where were you when the All Blacks won the World Cup?
In Zimbabwe on a cricket tour. We could only see the first half because we were on the bus - we stopped and watched the first half and then had to leave. One of the guys was Skype-ing his girlfriend and she had her computer up to her TV, so we were watching that. There was a bit of shouting in the bus, and we were very happy. A couple of guys were asleep and tired from the night before, but most of the boys were watching.

What was the hardest exercise at your Dad's academy?
There were a few. There was a park - my Dad called it "Get Hard Park" - it was down the road from the academy and he would make us do sprints up a very steep hill. Good for you, but tough. That was the hardest.

 
 
My biggest weakness is probably fast food. Pizzas. I've eaten about 20 here already
 

Tell us about your tattoo. Does it mean anything?
The one that's on my forearm doesn't mean anything - it's just a design I like. The one that goes up my shoulder is all family-oriented, all my brothers and sisters, mum, dad, nephews and nieces. It's just family and where I was born. It is called korus - each wave represents a family member.

What's your biggest weakness?
There's a few things. But probably fast food. Pizzas. I've eaten about 20 here already.

Andy Roberts or Glenn McGrath?
Glenn McGrath - he was awesome.

What about the IPL has freaked you out?
The crowds are crazy. It was so loud. I don't think I'll get a crowd that loud. It was an eye-opener. It was a great feeling, being out there and entertaining so many fans.

We believe you were told that you don't get much butter chicken in India?
I heard from a few friends back home. They haven't been to India, so they don't know what they are talking about.

How do you find the situation on the ground, then?
I have had a few nice curries, and murgh tikka is the closest to a butter chicken, isn't it?

The closest to a butter chicken is about half a kilometre from the Kotla.
Well, I do like a good butter chicken. The food here is definitely more spicy. I don't do well with spicy - mild medium is enough for me. But I've had a lot of hotel food, and the curries are very, very good at the ground.

Who's going to win the Under-19 World Cup this year?
New Zealand.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 14 
Posted by Lermy on (April 24, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Forget about Doug Bracewell for a moment. His father Brendon, before all his injuries, was an awesome fast bowler, easily fastest in NZ at the time. Only saw him bowl once, but he made all the other so called fast bowlers in the game look pedestrian. Even Richard Hadlee was nowhere near as quick. BB had a beautiful flowing run up gathering momentum like Michael Holding. Fascinating to watch a real quick in action, and NZ has had too few sadly. Doug sometimes gets a bit of pace going, but nuthin like his old man. Glory days!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (April 23, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Why all the problems with Bracewell not having a favorite Australian? Do Sri Lankan's favorite players necessarily have to be Indian players? And do Indian player's favorites have to be Pakistani? I see nothing wrong with it. The man admits that he likes Glenn McGrath, but his favorites aren't Aussie

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (April 23, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

In fact Bracewell doesn't actually say that he doesn't like Australians, or anything adverse about Australia. All he says is: 'I don't have a favourite Aussie.' Now, I don't have a favourite finger, but doesn't mean I dislike having fingers. In fact, I like all of my fingers. So perhaps Bracewell just likes all Australians - as much as he likes Glenn McGrath, perhaps.

Posted by Romenevans on (April 23, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Aussies? Who are they? Bah!

Posted by Biggus on (April 23, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

@maddy20-I've read many of your posts and I offer you three words:- Pot, Kettle, Black.

Posted by Chris_P on (April 23, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Actually featurewriter, this guy really impressed me and I think has the goods to make a real impact in the game. I saw him play in Brisbane & no way did he back down. I like his attitude it's great for NZ cricket & he definitely walked the talk in Hobart. On seaming wickets, he is a handful.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

This article demonstrates that a lot of athletes really aren't worth interviewing

Posted by sammykent on (April 23, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

I hope Bracewell follows in Shane Bond's footsteps. Bond's best bowling figures against any country were against Australia at their peak. I predict a 20-25 average with the bat and 25-29 average with the ball....especially if he gets more tests against the fragile Australian team.

Posted by maddy20 on (April 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

@Featurewriter It is very easy not to favorite Aussies. I for one liked the captaincy of Waugh and bowling of McGrath very much. But they are not my favorites coz of their arrogance and nasty sledging!

Posted by muggsy9 on (April 23, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

@featurewriter I was in Hobart for that test and i witnessed nothing of the sort. If he did well taking 9 fa in a match when his side wins probably is good enough reason too

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