• England in New Zealand 2012-13

Bracewell ruled out of second Test

ESPNcricinfo staff
March 10, 2013
Doug Bracewell will miss the second Test © AFP

Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the second Test against England after failing to recover from the foot injury that kept him out of the Dunedin match.

Ian Butler, the Otago seamer, has been retained in an unchanged 13-man squad for the Wellington Test which starts on Thursday.

New Zealand had the better of the opening Test, and their coach Mike Hesson spoke of the need to keep the same squad to build on that performance. "I was very pleased with both the bowling and batting efforts in Dunedin and we plan to build on that in Wellington."

A decision on Bracewell's fitness, Hesson said, would be taken closer to the third Test in Auckland, which begins March 22. He cut his foot while cleaning up after a party the day before joining up with the New Zealand squad last week.

Brendon McCullum suggested that an unchanged team is likely for Wellington. "Once the dust settles on this Test match we will turn our attentions to the balance of the next one, but I wouldn't expect too much difference for the next one," he said.

Neil Wagner, the third seamer, took seven wickets during an impressive display at University Oval, Hamish Rutherford scored 171 on debut and Bruce Martin, the left-arm spinner, bagged five scalps.

Squad Brendon McCullum, Trent Boult, Dean Brownlie, Ian Butler, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Walting, Kane Williamson.

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