Few players have experienced the quick rise to stardom that Doug Bracewell has experienced.
Bracewell is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and hard hitting lower order batsman from the Central Stags. It didn’t take long for New Zealand selectors to recognise his extraordinary talent and he has more than justified the hype.
He initially started to make headlines with his performances for New Zealand A and the Emerging Players side. His aggressiveness with the ball was particularly eye catching.
His constant improvement saw Bracewell included in the Twenty20, ODI and Test side to take on Zimbabwe in 2011. In his first Test he picked up a five wicket bag to lead New Zealand to victory.
That however paled in comparison to his next five-wicket bag he would pick up. Trailing the Aussies one nil in a two match Test series, Bracewell took six wickets on the final day to hand the BLACKCAPS a history making first Test win in Australia in 26 years. His performance quickly made Doug Bracewell a house-hold name.
The young quick now has an opportunity to push on from what has been an outstanding start to his career.
Cricket is a family affair for Doug, with father Brendon Bracewell a former BLACKCAP fast bowler himself and his uncle John Bracewell an ex-coach of the side.