Michael Bracewell, the spinning all-rounder from New Zealand, is unfortunately set for a long hiatus from cricket. He injured his right Achilles tendon while playing for Worcestershire in the T20 Blast. To treat this, he'll soon be undergoing surgery in the UK.
The timing is less than ideal. This incident occurred during a match against Yorkshire on June 9, and Michael Bracewell was at a score of 11 when this unfortunate event took place. Due to the extent of the injury and the expected recovery time of six to eight months, he will not be participating in the upcoming 50-over World Cup scheduled in India.
The absence of Michael Bracewell is causing concern for the New Zealand team. They were already worried about their captain, Kane Williamson recovering in time for the World Cup after his ACL surgery.
Gary Stead, the head coach of New Zealand expressed his thoughts on the matter stating that it's always difficult to see a player sidelined before such an event. He acknowledged that Michael Bracewell has been in form since his debut 15 months ago and emphasised that his absence is a setback due to his all-round skills. However injuries are a part of sports.
Lets now delve into Michael Bracewell statistics and cricketing journey. At 32 years old he has displayed versatility in his performances. To date he has participated in eight Tests, 19 ODIs and 16 T20Is for New Zealand. His notable stint in the IPL saw him replacing Will Jacks for Royal Challengers Bangalore and securing six wickets in five matches.
Michael comes from a family with a connection to cricket; he is not the Bracewell to represent New Zealand. His uncle John and cousin Doug have also worn the cap. During New Zealand's 2022 Europe tour and in India Michael showcased skills by scoring a spectacular 140 off just 77 balls.
He was awarded the title of New Zealand's ODI Player of the Year acknowledging his skills. Since April he has been abroad fulfilling his IPL obligations. Unfortunately he will have to wait for a week, after his surgery before he can come back home.
Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket has mentioned two winter training camps at Lincoln and Tauranga in July and August.
Born on February 14th 1991 he is not a cricketer but also comes from a family that loves cricket. He represents Wellington and happens to be the nephew and cousin of current international players. Michael attended Kavanagh College in Dunedin, for his education. Embarked on his journey with the New Zealand cricket team in March 2022.
Michael Bracewell has had a journey securing contracts with Wellington and making scores in domestic cricket. He made his Test debut against England and his ODI debut against the Netherlands both in 2022. Some noteworthy moments include scoring a century against Ireland and matching MS Dhoni's record in cricket.
In the 2023 IPL season Royal Challengers Bangalore brought him on board as a replacement for injured Will Jacks.
What injury did Michael Bracewell sustain?
Michael suffered an Achilles tendon rupture while playing for Worcestershire in the T20 Blast.
How long is Michael Bracewell expected to be out of action?
He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight months.
When did Michael Bracewell make his debut for New Zealand?
Michael made his debut for New Zealand in March 2022.