Michael Bracewell was exceptional batting in the lower order during the January tour of India.
Michael Bracewell, a New Zealand allrounder, ruptured his achilles during the present T20 Blast in England and will now be out for six to eight months. Bracewell will have surgery in the United Kingdom on Thursday (June 15), followed by a lengthy recovery period that will keep New Zealand’s ODI player of the year out of the forthcoming 50-over World Cup in India later this year.
This is the Black Caps’ second injury setback, as they are also expected to be without talismanic batter Kane Williamson during the World Cup due to an injury. “First and foremost, you always feel for the player when injury strikes, especially when it means missing a world event,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said.
Bracewell made his One-Day International debut on March 22 and has played in 19 ODIs, scoring 510 runs at an average of 42.50 while batting at Nos. 6 and 7. One of his most memorable performances was against India in Hyderabad in January of this year, when he hammered a 78-ball 140, including 12 fours and 10 sixes, in pursuit of the home team’s 349/8.
New Zealand didn’t secure the win but managed to run India close thanks to Bracewell’s exceptional innings. His other ODI century – came against Ireland in the intense one-wicket win in Dublin last year. With the ball, Bracewell has 15 wickets in the format.