Originally Posted by rvd619323
Bracewell's a strange case. I'm not sure he's quite up to Test standard day-in, day-out; but when he gets himself into a groove he can look world class. When he doesn't fire, he seems to be pretty toothless against decent batsmen.
He's only 22 though, so I have no doubt he will develop into a great NZ bowler, but right now he must be causing some headaches for selectors.
I don't think that's really a strange case; he's a talented bowler who can legitimately trouble good Test players but doesn't have the consistency yet to do it all the time. It's why there are scores of bowlers who will do better than him domestically but would be completely toothless at Test level - he can bowl balls they can't and occasionally trouble high class plaeyrs, even if he dishes up much more rubbish. It's far from unique though; pretty common for young bowlers with potential IMO.
Not a new thing with him either - he bowled some downright awful spells in Australia that were quickly forgotten when he won them a Test.