Bracewell hopes batting efforts pay off in Zim

New Zealand

Like many fast bowlers, New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell has ambitions to be considered an all-rounder, and hopes his hard work with the bat pays off in the upcoming Tests in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Bracwell averages just 13.33 in Tests, and says he has been unhappy with his efforts down the order, and hopes the many net sessions over the past few months will show fruit, come 28 July in Bulawayo.

Bracewell said: "I've always wanted to be [a batting allrounder] ever since I started playing first-class. 

"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 over the last year or two and starting to slowly see a few improvements. 

"Hopefully I can keep working hard at it and get some runs."

Bracewell averaged 33 with the bat in the most recent Plunket Shield season for Central Districts, and said he was happy to see an improvement in his batting.

He added: "Overall, I was pretty happy with how the season went. Obviously, a lot of work-ons going forward, you always want to get better and improve. 

"I've been working on the batting quite a lot and trying to improve on that and churn out some more runs. 

"I don't reflect too much over the last summer, it's been done and now we've got some cricket to look forward to over here and a big summer coming up."