Bracewell pleads guilty to drink driving

Doug Bracewell hit the off stump, but the bails would not budge Getty Images

New Zealand fast-bowling allrounder Doug Bracewell has pleaded guilty in the Hastings District Council for a case of drink driving. Bracewell said he was "deeply embarrassed" about the incident.

Bracewell was stopped while driving in Hastings on March 18 and recorded breath-alcohol reading of 783 micrograms per litre of breath while the legal limit is 250mcg.

"I made a massive mistake by driving that evening and apologise unreservedly for my actions," Bracewell said on Thursday. "This was no-one's fault but my own; I take full responsibility, and I'm deeply embarrassed to have let down so many people - be they family, friends, or cricket lovers."

Bracewell will be sentenced under the provisions for offenders who have two or more previous drink-drive convictions. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the board had not yet decided on imposing a penalty on Bracewell since the judicial proceedings had not completed yet.

"As such it would it be premature to comment on that particular matter," White said.

"As an organisation, we're committed to promoting safe and responsible behaviours on our roads and take a very dim view of drink-driving.

"Driving responsibly and considerately is a key part of creating safer communities, and, as Doug has said himself, he should have known better."