Bracewell ruled out of second Test

Doug Bracewell’s series against Australia is over due to injury © Getty Images

Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia in Christchurch after picking up a right shoulder injury.

New Zealand will not call a replacement into their squad ahead of the Test starting on Saturday with pace duo Matt Henry and Neil Wagner already with the team.

Bracewell has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff muscle after reporting pain following the first Test in Wellington where he took 2 for 127 off 33 overs. Bracewell was also the bowler to suffer when Richard Illingworth incorrectly called no-ball to deny him the wicket of Adam Voges late on the opening day.

“Doug has been a consistent performer for us this summer and put a lot of work into his game, so to miss out on the final Test against Australia is very disappointing for him and us,” Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said. “He’ll be given time to recover and we’ll work with him to get him back training as quickly as possible.”

Bracewell joins a New Zealand injury list which already included Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner who will both miss the second Test – which will be the last international appearance for Brendon McCullum – after being ruled out of the Wellington encounter.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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