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Nov 25, 2011 at 02:12pm IST

Bracewell stars for NZ against Aus A

Brisbane: Allrounder Doug Bracewell scored 73 not out and claimed three wickets as New Zealand took control of their four-day tour match against Australia A on the second day on Friday.

Bracewell scored 73 from 79 balls with nine fours and three sixes as New Zealand built on their strong overnight position to reach 423 before their first innings ended close to lunch.

Brendon McCullum made 146 from 115 balls on the first day on Thursday and captain Ross Taylor made 57 as New Zealand dominated a group of bowlers vying for a place in a depleted Australian attack for the first Test starting in Brisbane on December 1.

Bracewell stars for NZ against Australia A

Doug Bracewell (right) of New Zealand celebrates with teammate Brendon McCullum after taking the wicket of David Warner of Australia A. (Getty Images)

Bracewell (3-37) then claimed the wickets of prospective Test opener David Warner for 65, Nic Madinson for 5 and Steve Smith for 8 as New Zealand left Australia A 187-4 at stumps.

Warner scored his 65 from 90 balls, hitting 10 fours to improve his chances of opening the batting for Australia in the first of their two Tests against New Zealand.

Shane Watson (hamstring), Shaun Marsh (back), Mitchell Johnson (foot), Pat Cummins (heel) and Ryan Harris (hip) have all been ruled out of the first Test with injuries, and the Australian A players are leading chances to fill those vacancies.

Warner is playing only his 10th first class match, but his aggressive innings made him the leading candidate to open for Australia. His opening partner on Friday, Ed Cowan, was 60 not out at stumps after facing 157 balls.

The bowlers who had the chance to press claims for places in an Australian attack fared less well.

Right-armer James Pattinson performed best, taking 4-96 from 19 overs while Mitchell Starc took 3-88 from 17. Ben Hilfenhaus, who took 1-86 from 18 overs, may be poised for a Test recall as the Australian selectors allow some premium for experience.

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