John Bracewell

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John Bracewell
Personal information
Full nameJohn Garry Bracewell
Born (1958-04-15) 15 April 1958 (age 60)
Auckland, New Zealand
BowlingRight arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap  147)28 November 1980 v  Australia
Last Test10 July 1990 v  England
ODI debut (cap  46)11 June 1983 v  Pakistan
Last ODI1 May 1990 v  Pakistan
Domestic team information
1981/82 Otago
1982/83–1989/90 Auckland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Runs scored1,0015124,3541,374
Batting average 20.4216.5125.9120.20
Top score1104311066
Balls bowled8,4032,44732,3515,001
Wickets 1023352290
Bowling average 35.8157.0926.6635.23
5 wickets in innings 40330
10 wickets in match1090
Best bowling6/322/38/813/19
Catches/stumpings 31/–19/–125/–40/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 April 2017

John Garry Bracewell (born 15 April 1958) is a former New Zealand cricketer who was most recently the coach of the Irish national team. He played 41 Test matches between 1980 and 1990, as well as 53 One Day Internationals.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

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He was the coach of the New Zealand cricket team between September 2003 and November 2008. His brother Brendon also played Test cricket, while his brothers Douglas and Mark played at first-class level. He was educated at Tauranga Boys' College and was in the 1st XI from 1973 to 1976. John Bracewell is the uncle of test representative Doug Bracewell and first-class representative Michael Bracewell. [1]

Brendon Paul Bracewell is a former New Zealand Test cricketer. Born in Auckland, he is the younger brother of John Bracewell. He was educated at Tauranga Boys' College and was in the 1st XI from 1974 to 1978. He frequently suffered injuries throughout his playing career. Bracewell also played rugby for King Country. At present he operates Bracewell Cricket Academy, a private cricket coaching academy based in Napier.

Douglas William Bracewell is a former New Zealand cricketer who had a brief first-class career for Central Districts and then Canterbury from 1973 until 1980. A right-arm off-break bowler, and lower-order batsman, Bracewell came from a cricketing family, with brothers John and Brendon, and nephew Doug playing Test and One Day International cricket for New Zealand. Another brother Mark and a nephew Michael also played first class cricket.

Mark Andrew Bracewell is a first class cricketer. Born on 8 October 1955 in Auckland he played one first-class match for Otago in 1977/78 and one List A one-day game in 1979/80. A right arm medium bowler and right-handed batsman, he achieved little of note in either appearance but is part of a well known New Zealand cricketing family with three brothers and a son who also played first class cricket.

Playing career

Bracewell scored 1,001 runs in Tests, and 512 in ODI matches, with late-order hard-hitting right hand batting, and took 102 Test and 33 ODI wickets with his right-arm off-breaks. [1] He holds the record for the longest ODI career without scoring a half-century or taking a three-wicket haul. [2] His Test career included one century – 110 against England on 7 August 1986. [3] He scored four first-class centuries in all as part of the 4,354 first class runs during a career for Auckland and Otago. He took 522 first class wickets. [1]

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John Bracewell still has the record for the most number of catches taken by a substitute fielder in an ODI innings with 4 and also the only substitute fielder to take 4 catches in an ODI. [4]


Bracewell's approach to team selection has fallen under scrutiny during the 2006/2007 season. [1] Despite levelling the home series with Sri Lanka two-all, New Zealand's top order batting has consistently displayed frailty, and this was most apparent after New Zealand compiled a dismal team total of 73 in one ODI during that series. Moreover, Bracewell has opted for a "rotation" policy within his squad for determining team selections, meaning the batting line-up has been shuffled consistently between successive ODIs. This has received criticism from local media who highlight that New Zealand Cricket is not currently afforded the luxury of a reserve pool of competitive international players, thus making the policy somewhat redundant.

Bracewell also controversially called Australian Fast-bowler Shaun Tait a chucker, and copped a lot of criticism from the cricketing community and also 'revealing' that Adam Gilchrist ducked out of the One-Day match in Hobart because of family issues but shortly, Bracewell withdrew these comments and issued an official apology. [5]

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