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Bracewell takes four wickets in New Zealand warm-up

Associated Press
May 06, 2013 at 08:47am IST

London: Doug Bracewell claimed an impressive four-wicket haul on the second day of New Zealand's warm-up match with Derbyshire on Sunday to strengthen his claim for a place in the tourists' Test side.

Having declared on 289 for 5 on day one, New Zealand bowled the English county side out for 154 as Bracewell finished with figures of 4 for 28. By the close of play, they were 199 for 5 in their second innings - a lead of 334 - thanks mainly to an unbroken century stand from BJ Watling (61) and Tom Latham (47).

Bracewell missed England's tour of New Zealand after cutting his foot on some glass as he cleaned up after a party and is now hoping to force his way into the team for the forthcoming two-Test series with Alastair Cook's men. "I was looking forward to the previous series and I felt my form was pretty good going in, so I was gutted," he said.

Bracewell takes four wickets in New Zealand warm-up

Having declared on 289 for 5 on day one, New Zealand bowled English county Derbyshire out for 154 as Bracewell finished with figures of 4 for 28.

"There was a few stories but I just stood on a piece of glass while I was cleaning up. I had a few mates round the night before and it happened in the morning.

"It was pretty bad luck, really. A silly little thing like that to make you miss three Tests, important Tests, is pretty annoying.

"Neil [Wagner] has come in and taken wickets, so credit to him, but every game you play you're trying to prove a point. That's what I'm trying to do.

"I'm pretty happy with my performance today. It was good to get some overs under my belt." New Zealand play the first Test against England at Lord's on May 16.

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