Doug Bracewell Biography
Douglas Andrew John Bracewell popularly called as Dougie among his teammates. He was born on 28th September 1990 in Tauranga, New Zealand.
Bracewell has been part of the National side as a bowling all-rounder. He is a right-handed batsman and bowls medium pace.
Bracewell currently plays for the Central Districts, now the Central Stags which competes in the Plunket Shield First-class competition.
Bracewell has also been a part of the U 19 New Zealand squad.
He has also been a part of the Delhi franchise during the 2012 IPL season.
In Bracewell's cricketing career till now, the 27-year-old has played a total of 82 matches and has scored 2,914 runs at an average of 27.23.
He has also taken 253 wickets at an average of 33.64.
Bracewell is the son and nephew of Brendon and John Bracewell respectively, both of whom were former New Zealand cricketers, Doug has grown up in a family of cricketers.
His uncle John has also been the coach of the New Zealand team. His talents were recognized quite early when he was picked for the U-19 World Cup in 2010.
Bracewell has established his name on the domestic scene as a name to reckon with, he was earmarked for achieving greatness at a young age.
Seeing his growing stature and consistent performances in first-class cricket he was grouped into the National squad for the tour of Zimbabwe in October 2011.
Bracewell made a thunderous start to his International career. A series of injuries to other bowlers in New Zealand led Bracewell to make his Test debut against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo and he was impressive immediately ah he took a 5-wicket haul in the second innings.
He was picked for the first match of the ODI series against West Indies.
In the first ODI against the West Indies, he took 4 wickets and was instrumental in restricting them to a total below 250.
New Zealand finally won that match the West Indies side by 5 wickets and Bracewell was awarded the man of the match for his rollicking performance.
He continued in the same way as he wrecked havoc with his pace and swing at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.
That spell against Australia earned him his career best figures of 6/40 and helped New Zealand win a Test in Australia after 26 years.
Since those two 5-wicket hauls, he has not looked menacing and has gone for aplenty in both Tests and ODIs.
Having age on his side will help Bracewell to regroup himself and work hard towards achieving greatness.
Bracewell has had issues off the field. During the series against India in 2014, he and Jesse Ryder were suspended from the team as they were involved in late night drinking before the match day.
Bracewell has been a regular feature in the Central Districts team. After the success story which he scripted in the 2011-12 season, he was drafted by the Delhi Daredevils franchise during the 2012 IPL season.