Kiwis rest Bracewell for Proteas ODIs

December 29, 2012 - 4:55:34 am

Queensland: New Zealand have left Doug Bracewell out of their 15-man squad for a one-day international series in South Africa to manage the seamer’s workload, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.

The selectors had retained 11 members from the Twenty20 squad that lost the three-match series against South Africa 2-1, New Zealand Cricket said.

The Brendon McCullum-led side will play a three-match ODI series after two Tests. 

“We’re keen to show consistency in selection for our short-form side and retain the nucleus of the squad who competed in the T20 series along with four players from the last ODI series against Sri Lanka,” selection manager Kim Littlejohn said.

Bracewell was omitted with a view to “managing his workload” said coach Mike Hesson.

“The decision to leave Doug Bracewell out of the ODI squad is in line with our policy to sensibly manage player workloads,” Hesson said yesterday.

“He has a big role to play in the test series against South Africa and will benefit from the opportunity to freshen up ahead of the home series against England,” he added.

Squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Rob Nicol, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson. REUTERS

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