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Focus on batting for rested Bracewell

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/07/2016
The 23-year-old was dropped from the list of 20 contracted players in July. © A M Ahad/Associated Press The 23-year-old was dropped from the list of 20 contracted players in July.

Seamer Doug Bracewell wants to be regarded as an allrounder, having increased his focus on batting heading into New Zealand's international campaign.

Bracewell boasts a healthy first class batting average of 34.1 but that hasn't translated into Test cricket, where he has scored 520 runs at an average of 13.3.

The 25-year-old says that doesn't reflect the work he has put in over the last two years and he is demanding better of himself, starting with the Black Caps' two-Test tour of Zimbabwe.

"I've always wanted to be (a batting allrounder) ever since I started playing first-class," Bracewell said in Pretoria, where New Zealand have a week-long training camp.

"Over the last couple of years I haven't really produced the numbers that I would have liked but I've put in quite a lot of hard work and I'm starting to slowly see a few improvements."

Bracewell is among the minority of squad members who didn't play part of the English county season. His most recent games were a series of first class fixtures for Central Districts nearly four months ago.

The 25-Test veteran hopes the long break will have benefits over an intense period of international cricket, starting with a three-day game against Zimbabwe A in Harare, beginning on Friday.

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