5 Mar 2013

NZ Cricket reminds Bracewell of his responsibilities

11:15 am on 5 March 2013

New Zealand Cricket has reminded fast bowler Doug Bracewell of his obligations and responsibilities as a contracted player on the eve of the opening Test against England in Dunedin.

Bracewell is in doubt for the match starting tomorrow after an accident where he cut his right foot on some glass while cleaning up at his Napier home on Saturday morning.

It is understood he hosted a party the night before.

Blackcaps manager Mike Sandle says he expressed his disappointment to Bracewell that he's put himself in doubt for the Test and that concerns about events at his home in recent weeks have brought unwelcome attention to the team just days out from a Test.

Sandle says they've told him that he needs to take responsibility for what happens around him and that he needs to do all he can to ensure his preparation for international cricket is not compromised.

Sandle says Bracewell is very sorry for any inconvenience he's caused his team-mates and members of the public, and he's apologised to his neighbour in Napier.

New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief executive Heath Mills says they want to ensure that incidents like this are not repeated and that they provide ongoing support for young players to ensure they are meeting all their obligations and responsibilities.

A decision on whether Bracewell is fit to play tomorrow will be made after today's training session.... Ian Butler will train with the side today as cover for Bracewell.