New Zealand’s Star All Rounder Is Likely To Miss The ODI World Cup

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New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell is likely to miss the upcoming ODI World Cup after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon. The star all-rounder sustained injuries prior to the ODI World Cup which is set to begin in October this year in India. Being injured at the time when the world cup is on the head might be a big blow for the Black Caps.

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The star all-rounder holds a very rich record in white ball cricket and excelled for his team with the magic of his sharp and accurate spin bowling. Bracewell was playing for Worcestershire Rapids in the English T20 Blast, and sustained the injury during the team’s match against Lancashire Lightning on Tuesday.

He will undergo surgery in the UK on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight months. The 27-year-old Bracewell has played 19 ODIs and 16 T20Is for New Zealand, scoring 510 runs and taking 15 wickets in ODIs. He scored 113 runs and took 12 wickets in T20Is. He was a member of the New Zealand squad that lost the 2021 T20 World Cup Final in the UAE.

Bracewell’s injury is a major blow to New Zealand’s preparations for the ODI World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India from October 17 to November 14. The Black Caps will be without Bracewell’s all-round skills and experience, as well as his ability to bowl both right-arm off-spin and left-arm wrist-spin.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Bracewell’s injury was a “huge disappointment” for the team. “Michael is a very talented player who has been in good form for both Worcestershire and New Zealand,” said Stead.

“He is a valuable member of our team, and his absence will be felt greatly. He has our best wishes for a speedy recovery,” Stead added.

New Zealand will name a replacement for Bracewell in their squad for the ODI World Cup in due course.