Doug Bracewell thrown lifeline by NZ Cricket

SARAH HARVEY
Last updated 12:19 11/07/2014
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DANGEROUS DOUG: New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell is back in the test squad after a ‘‘wakeup call’’ from the national selectors for his off-field behaviour.

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Pace bowler Doug Bracewell has been thrown a lifeline by New Zealand Cricket after previously being shunned for off-field indiscretions.

Bracewell has been named in the New Zealand A team to tour England as a replacement for the injured Adam Milne.
Milne will need surgery on his elbow and is expected to be out for six weeks.

Both Bracewell and Jesse Ryder have found themselves on the outer of New Zealand Cricket's calculations after they were found to have been out drinking in Auckland until 3am on the eve of the first test against India, in February.

Both were subsequently fined by NZC and ruled out of the second test. Bracewell also broke a bone in his foot during the incident.

Since then both Bracewell and Ryder, not for the first time, have been in the New Zealand cricketing wilderness.

Ryder has made use of his time playing for Essex while Bracewell has been training hard and attempting to get back in the selectors' good books.

New Zealand Cricket selector Bruce Edgar said Bracewell had "ticked every box asked of him during NZC's winter camps in Lincoln, and that progress and evaluation reports had been positive".

"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," Edgar 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, has played 18 tests, his most memorable at Hobart in 2011 when a nine-wicket haul helped steer New Zealand to a seven-run win over Australia.

New Zealand A play their first one-dayer against Northhamptonshire on July 31.

New Zealand A to England:

BJ Watling (c) - Northern Knights
Hamish Bennett - Canterbury
Doug Bracewell - Central Stags
Dean Brownlie - Northern Knights
Colin de Grandhomme - Auckland Aces
Anton Devcich - Northern Knights 
Grant Elliott - Wellington Firebirds
Matt Henry - Canterbury
Scott Kuggeleijn - Northern Knights
Tom Latham - Canterbury
Daryl Mitchell - Northern Knights
Colin Munro - Auckland Aces 
Hamish Rutherford - Otago Volts
Ish Sodhi - Northern Knights 
Todd Astle - Canterbury 
Michael Bracewell - Otago Volts 
Mark Craig - Otago Volts 

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