Bracewell called up to BLACKCAPS

Wellington Firebirds all-rounder Michael Bracewell has been named in the BLACKCAPS for the first time, seven months on from having to turn down his maiden call up.

Bracewell has been included in both the T20 and ODI squads for the KFC Netherlands Tour later this month off the back of a standout domestic summer across all three formats for the 31-year-old.

Bracewell, the nephew of former Internationals John and Brendon; son of Otago first-class cricketer Mark, and cousin of current BLACKCAP Doug, was originally selected for the New Zealand tour to Bangladesh last September, but elected to decline as he awaited the birth of his first child.

Bracewell topped this season’s Dream11 Men’s Super Smash runs chart with 478 runs and has featured extensively in the New Zealand A and winter programs in recent years.

With 12 BLACKCAPS white-ball regulars unavailable due to the IPL, there is also an opportunity for young quick Ben Sears who has been selected in just the T20I squad.

The 24-year-old Sears will be looking to add to his two T20 International caps following his debut in Bangladesh last September.

BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead said the tour was a great opportunity to further test their white-ball depth.

“Anytime you lose 12 front-liners it’s going to be a challenge, but we’re really excited by the players we’ve been able to call on.

“With another T20 World Cup later this year and the ODI World Cup next year it’s a good time to be offering opportunities to a wider group of players.”

Stead also congratulated Bracewell on his maiden call up to the BLACKCAPS.

“Michael has been on the national radar for some time and certainly deserves his selection off the back of another quality domestic season.

“Michael is a superb ball striker who can mix touch with his power, while his right arm off-breaks are an asset to any side.

“We’ve been pleased with the progress of Ben Sears and I know he’s excited about the prospect of featuring on home soil for the first time.

“The Netherlands will be highly motivated on their first tour of New Zealand and we know they’ll lean on their Kiwi connections in the team for an edge.

“It’s going to be a fantastic ocassion for the likes of Logan van Beek and Michael Rippon who are well known to New ZealandersI’m sure those two in particular will be relishing the chance to test themselves against our guys on the international stage.

Bracewell and Sears will both get an early look at the tourists as part of the New Zealand XI side named for two one-day matches at Napier’s McLean Park on March 17 and 19 followed by a one-off T20 on March 21. The three-game NZ XI series will be played behind closed doors, with live-streaming and scoring at

The four Internationals on the KFC Netherlands Tour of New Zealand will be broadcast live in New Zealand on Spark Sport, Magic Talk Radio and Rova, with scoring at

The opening KFC T20I on March 25 will be broadcast free-to-air on TV1.


BLACKCAPS ODI and T20 squads for KFC Netherland’s Tour

Tom Latham (c) (wk)

Doug Bracewell

Michael Bracewell

Mark Chapman

Dane Cleaver (wk) – T20 only

Colin de Grandhomme

Martin Guptill

Matt Henry

Kyle Jamieson – ODI only

Scott Kuggeleijn – T20 only

Henry Nicholls – ODI only

Ben Sears – T20 only

Ish Sodhi

Ross Taylor – ODI only

Blair Tickner

Will Young


Article added: Wednesday 16 March 2022