The sixth member of the Bracewell family to play first class cricket, has now become the third member to play test cricket for New Zealand. He follows in the footsteps of father Brendon Bracewell, a seam bowler who played six tests, and uncle John Bracewell, an off-spinning all-rounder who played 41 tests.
Enough about his forebears though, what Doug Bracewell himself. Well, he's a bustling seam bowler, who bowls at a decent pace, and was rather fortunate through a spate of injuries to get a chance at test level. His first class record isn't great, but given that he's only played 17 games, he still has plenty of time to improve.
Bracewell opened up the bowling with Chris Martin, and whilst Martin went for seven off his first over, he managed six consecutive maidens to start his test career. To say he bowled tight would be an understatement, mostly he bowled straight for the LBW but he wasn't adverse to the odd tempter outside off stump, and the odd well directed bouncer.
Whilst he was economical, Bracewell was hardly incisive, the one chance created off his bowling was a short ball edged through the slips for four. Still, his action looks strong, and figures of 10-7-13-0 show what his bowling was about, economical but not incisive.