Cricketer Of The Year
Why are so many here against Bracewell's selection. He has done quite well so far in the opportunities he has got, isn't it?
makes me wonder if there might be a surprise test recall for Ish Sodhi, now there's a half-vacancy for the second spinner spotFurthermore, we're absolutely crying out to develop a wrist spinner, someone who will give us something different in these sort of conditions. Ashok being the prime candidate, as long as Auckland don't **** up his development like they did with Finn Allen. One FC game (dropped after taking a 5-for) and 12 List As/10 T20s is not the sort of ratio you want for a young leggie learning his craft.
Yes, he can probably perform the role that Nawaz does for Pakistan as the 5th bowler and lower order batsman since with Jamieson not being there, there are not many batting bowlers right now.Yeah...Bracewell does something in theory for the balance of our side, because he is capable of being a decent second spinner and you imagine he has the ability to be a fair No.7/8 Test batsman as well. He's done nothing particularly in that format to demand selection - but you know it's coming.
As far as these Tests are concerned, the main question is what is going to help us take 20 wickets, because we're going to have enough in our top 6/7 batters that should be able to score big totals. Boult and Jamieson not being available is a massive, massive detriment. Southee picks himself, as does Patel (yes Gary/Kane, he does), then what's around it? For me, there's no point picking Henry because he bowls straight up and down on flat decks. We have no out-and-out pace options. So I'd go Wagner for ability to reverse/find ways to get guys out, and I'd pick Bracewell as an option to turn it away because I just don't see what else works better. We know we'll probably get Southee/Wagner/Henry/Tickner (sigh) as our seam options in the squad, plus Patel/Bracewell. As much as I'd love to see a leftfield Sears, Ferguson, Milne, it ain't happening.
I'm backing him on this. Pringle is a gun.Tim or Chris Pringle? I'm not sure who would be be closer, right now.
There you have it folks, the latest maroon eye patch Hail Mary from the great man. He's come up trumps in the past, will he come good on a guy with a single FC game and seemingly the same skill set as any other bloke who bowls slowly with his left arm? Stay tuned.