Bracewell falls short of century, but he is 96 runs closer to Bangladesh
DOUG Bracewell may have fallen painfully close to his maiden first-class century, but his Blackcaps tour goals look to be on track.
After clubbing 11 fours and 1 six in his 132 ball innings, he was bowled out for 96 against India A in Visakhapatnam, in India.“I have some goals to work towards and I’m hoping to be selected for the Bangladesh tour in October,” Bracewell said.
“Obviously very disappointed in myself for falling four short, but very happy with the partnership I was involved in as it has put us in a good position,” he said from India.
Bracewell shared a 162-run ninth-wicket partnership with youngster, Ish Sodhi (20) who added 57.
“Conditions were good for batting today, the wicket is flat and not offering much for the seamers”.
Returning with the ball after New Zealand A posted 437, he picked up an early scalp and finished the day with figures of 1-23 off 9 overs.
This is the second match of the New Zealand A tour in the subcontinent.
In the current match, NZ A posted 437 after day two with centuries to Corey Anderson and Anton Devcich.
“We showed good character to make 437 but there is still a lot of cricket left in this game and we need to put in a big performance tomorrow with the ball,” Bracewell said.
“As a bowling unit we focus on consistency with the ball, thankfully for us it swung around a bit with the new ball and we took two early wickets,” he said.
India A is 94/2 at the close of play with a wicket each to Gillespie and Bracewell.
New Zealand A will play four unofficial test matches and six unofficial one day internationals against India A and Sri Lanka A.
“The squad has a good mix of young exciting players and also some experienced players.”
Bracewell said he has spent his short off season preparing for the tour with strength and conditioning work.
“Touring the subcontinent is very tough, you sweat profusely therefore it is very easy to get dehydrated.,” he said.
The team spent two weeks on the Sunshine Coast preparing for the tour.
“We had two weeks training where the wickets and climate were as close as to what we will come up against in India and Sri Lanka.”.
The first match was disrupted by rain and ended in a draw with the highlight coming in a first innings century to ex-Australian wicketkeeper, Luke Ronchi.