NEW ZEALAND pace bowler Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the first cricket test against England after injuring his foot cleaning up glass following a party at his house.
He suffered a puncture wound to his right foot, and has not missed the match due to any disciplinary issues, coach Mike Hesson said.
“The physio, before we came to training, said he was no chance of playing so we’ve removed him from the 12. He’ll stay with us during the week and hopefully be ready in time for the second test,” Hesson told Fairfax NZ.
Left-armer Neil Wagner will take his spot as third seamer, with a decision on whether spinner Bruce Martin or all-rounder Ian Butler will play left for the morning of the match.
Batsman Tom Latham has already been omitted.
Hesson was adamant Bracewell’s absence was not related to discipline.
“Doug’s foot just hasn’t recovered. We were hopeful by resting him yesterday there was a chance he might be right today. Unfortunately he can’t out a lot of weight on it, let alone run.”
New Zealand Cricket released a statement this morning on the issue, which arose after a neighbour complained about rowdy parties at Bracewell’s Napier home, some of which occurred when he was out of town.
“We’ve told Doug that he needs to take responsibility for what happens around him and that he needs to do all he can to ensure his preparation for international cricket is not compromised,” manager Mike Sandle said.
“Doug is very sorry for any inconvenience he has caused his teammates and members of the public, and he has apologised to his neighbour in Napier.”
New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Peter Fulton, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (captain), BJ Watling, Ian Butler, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Bruce Martin (one to be omitted).