Doug Bracewell, 32, has replaced Wagner in the second Test against Sri Lanka. Bracewell played his last Test in the year 2016 against South Africa in Centurion.
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Delhi: from India to new zealand Till now there is only one question. Who will be the second finalist of WTC? Will it be Team India facing Australia at home? Or the Sri Lankan team giving tough competition to New Zealand. In the midst of this big question, New Zealand has made changes in its team. He has called back the player running out of 7 years in the Test team. The name of this player is Doug Bracewell, who will replace Neil Wagner in the second test.
Neil Wagner has been ruled out of the second test due to injury. He has two injuries, one of which is a hamstring strain. It is reported that left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner may take 6 weeks to recover and return to the field again.
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Wagner out of second Test due to injury
Wagner was injured on the third day of the Christchurch Test. Due to injury, he left the field in the last session of the third day. He complained of pain in the back and legs. He also failed in the fitness test before the start of the fourth day’s play. Meaning he will not be able to bowl. But, if needed, can go down to bat on the 5th day.
Bracewell in New Zealand’s Test team after 7 years
However, Doug Bracewell, 32, has now replaced Wagner. Bracewell played his last Test in the year 2016 against South Africa in Centurion. Since then he stayed away from Test cricket but continued to perform in domestic cricket. Bracewell’s struggle has again earned him a Test cricket ticket.
Bracewell, who made his Test debut in 2011, played 27 Tests for New Zealand, in which he took 72 wickets. New Zealand coach Gary Stead said, “We are disappointed with Neil Wagner being out injured.” He further said that “Bracewell is a capable bowler and he has also been seen in form in the current domestic season. Seeing these things of his, we have added him to the team for the next test.
Bracewell performs well in Test against Sri Lanka
His performance against Sri Lanka is also a major reason for Bracewell’s inclusion in the team for the second Test. Bracewell has taken 12 wickets in 5 Tests played against Sri Lanka between 2012 and 2015. In such a situation, it is expected that he will become a threat to Sri Lanka and prevent him from becoming an obstacle in the way of India in the race for the WTC final ticket.
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