Doug Bracewell comes from a distinguished cricketing family. Uncle John is the former New Zealand international and head coach so there was a sense of inevitability about Doug’s progress through the ranks.
He began playing for Central Districts, making his first-class debut in 2008 as a fast bowler who can also bat and after impressing in domestic cricket, he was given his chance to impress with the Black Caps in 2011.
He was named in the Test, ODI and T20 squads to travel to Zimbabwe, and promptly took five wickets on his Test debut, confirming his early promise and becoming only the seventh New Zealander, and first since Tim Southee, to achieve the feat. He also took three wickets in his first ODI and one in his maiden T20 on a successful tour.
He then helped New Zealand win a historic Test in Hobart by seven runs later in the year, taking the final wicket, before going on to become an integral member of the squad in all three formats.
He was part of New Zealand’s squad that travelled to Sri Lanka for the ICC World Twenty20 2012, playing two matches, against England and the West Indies before the Black Caps were knocked out ahead of the semi-finals.
He suffered a bizarre injury ahead of New Zealand’s home series with England in 2013, cutting his foot while clearing up after a house party. He did, however, return in time to tour England and was part of New Zealand’s Champions Trophy squad.