Bangalore: Ten months can be a long time in international sport. In November 2011, Doug Bracewell played his first Test for New Zealand and took six wickets, including a five-wicket innings haul, against Zimbabwe. A month after that, playing just his third Test, Bracewell bowled New Zealand to a thrilling win against Australia, in Australia, with 6 for 40 in the fourth innings. But now, Bracewell is part of a New Zealand team that has no answers when asked where their next win is coming from after an innings and 115-run drubbing in the first Test against India, their third Test defeat in a row.
"It's tough being 1-0 down in a two-match series," admitted Bracewell ahead of the second Test in Bangalore that starts on August 31. "We've got to forget about that game and take out whatever positives we can. We'll look to go all out this game and try and get it 1-1."
Bracewell didn't have a particularly good outing in the first Test, taking a solitary wicket and leaking 88 runs in 19.1 overs, and isn't even certain of retaining his place in New Zealand's starting XI in Bangalore. "I just try to work on my game and go about my stuff," said Bracewell, when asked if he was under pressure to retain his place. "If one of the other seamers takes my place I'm sure they'll do a good job. They've been working hard in the nets and looking pretty good, so if that happens, that happens. I'm sure the side the side that the team management choose will be the right decision on the day."