Cricket World Cup 2019: Doug Bracewell sends message to Blackcaps selectors

Doug Bracewell.
Doug Bracewell. Photo credit: Photosport

Will Young has shown his undoubted potential, scoring a superb 130, as the New Zealand XI chased down Australia in Brisbane.

In the second World Cup practice match this week, Young was simply sublime, combating an attack featuring Mtchell Starc and Pat Cummins in the pursuit of 278 for victory.

Starc removed Hamish Rutherford in his first over, but Young, Tom Latham (69no) and George Worker (56) made easy work of the chase.

Latham and Tom Blundell (13no) prevented any nerves, as the NZ XI secured the win with 16 balls to spare.

Earlier, Doug Bracewell showed Blackcaps selectors that he was raring to go, should he be called on during the World Cup.

The Central Districts all-rounder claimed 3/45, as a makeshift New Zealand side restricted Australia to 277/6 at Allan Border.

The 28-yeard-old snared the wickets of Aaron Finch, David Warner and Alex Carey, is on the outside, looking in at the World Cup, after missing out on a spot in the 15-man squad.

But should injury strike down one of the pace attack - or the likes of Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham or Colin Munro - Bracewell would be the leading candidate to fill the void.

The win comes after the Latham's side narrowly lost the first practice match on Monday.

Former Australian skipper Steve Smith was head and shoulders above his teammates, finishing 89no from 77 balls, while Glenn Maxwell hammered a 44-ball fifty, before Bracewell took a running catch to dismiss the hard-hitting batsman, off Todd Astle's bowling.

Warner was dismissed for a five-ball duck in his return to the opening spot.


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