Doug Bracewell replaces injured Matt Henry for ODI series in India


New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell has been included in the ODI squad for India and Pakistan in place of the injured Matt Henry.

Was ruled out of limited overs series against Henry Pakistan and India after suffering an abdominal strain on the final day of the second Test in Karachi.

The 31-year-old fast bowler will need two to four weeks of rest and rehabilitation.

With 68 international caps, Bracewell featured in the ODI series at home against the Netherlands last April. The 32-year-old has been in fine form with bat and ball in domestic cricket. He will reach Pakistan on Wednesday.

Pacer Jacob Duffy has been included in the squad for the tour of India in place of Tim Southee.

The team will travel to India after the three-match ODI series in Pakistan ends on January 13.

The Black Caps begin their white-ball tour of India with the first ODI in Hyderabad on 18 January, followed by matches in Raipur and Indore.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Bracewell was an equal replacement for Henry in the ODI team.

“Doug is a very experienced bowler and we think his skills best fit the bowling mix that is already in the Pakistan and India squads,” Stead told New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Monday.

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“He has experience across all three formats at the international level, experience in the subcontinent, and has already demonstrated his skills this season.

Regarding Henry’s injury on the final day of the drawn Test in Karachi, Stead said, “Matt has been the leader of our ODI attack for many years and I know he is disappointed to be ruled out due to injury.”

“With the important home series coming up, it is important that he has time to recover properly in the coming weeks.

Revised New Zealand ODI squad for India: Tom Latham (Captain), Finn Allen, Doug Bracewell, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.


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