Bracewell out of second Test against Australia

New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of the upcoming second Trans-Tasman Test with a shoulder strain. He is third in the list of players omitted for the fixture, alongside Ross Taylor and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner.

Doug Bracewell (right), who finished with two wickets in the first Test in Wellington, was robbed of Adam Voges' wicket owing to an incorrect no-ball call.   -  AP

Struggling New Zealand suffered another injury blow on Wednesday, with a shoulder strain ruling paceman Doug Bracewell out of the second Test against Australia. Already missing batsman Ross Taylor and spinner Mitchell Santner, the Black Caps said a scan had confirmed Bracewell injured his shoulder as the hosts fell to a heavy defeat in the first Test in Wellington.

"Doug has been a consistent performer for us this summer and put a lot of work into his game, so to miss out on the final Test against Australia is very disappointing for him and us," coach Mike Hesson said. He said New Zealand will not call a replacement bowler into the squad for the second and final Test beginning in Christchurch on Saturday.

The New Zealanders are desperate to make amends for the defeat by an innings and 52 runs in Wellington, their worst home loss in 19 years. Australia can seize top spot in the Test rankings from India with a win in Christchurch.

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