John Bracewell

John Bracewell
Personal information
Full name John Garry Bracewell
Born (1958-04-15) 15 April 1958 (age 61)
Auckland, New Zealand
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm off break
Relations Brendon Bracewell (brother)
Douglas Bracewell (brother)
Mark Bracewell (brother)
Doug Bracewell (nephew)
Michael Bracewell (nephew)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 147) 28 November 1980 v Australia
Last Test 10 July 1990 v England
ODI debut (cap 46) 11 June 1983 v Pakistan
Last ODI 1 May 1990 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1981/82 Otago
1982/83–1989/90 Auckland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 41 53 149 107
Runs scored 1,001 512 4,354 1,374
Batting average 20.42 16.51 25.91 20.20
100s/50s 1/4 0/0 4/21 0/3
Top score 110 43 110 66
Balls bowled 8,403 2,447 32,351 5,001
Wickets 102 33 522 90
Bowling average 35.81 57.09 26.66 35.23
5 wickets in innings 4 0 33 0
10 wickets in match 1 0 9 0
Best bowling 6/32 2/3 8/81 3/19
Catches/stumpings 31/– 19/– 125/– 40/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 April 2017

John Garry Bracewell (born 15 April 1958) is a former New Zealand cricketer who was most recently the coach of the Irish national team. He played 41 Test matches between 1980 and 1990, as well as 53 One Day Internationals. He was the second New Zealand cricketer to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in Test cricket.[1]

He was the coach of the New Zealand cricket team between September 2003 and November 2008. His brother Brendon also played Test cricket, while his brothers Douglas and Mark played at first-class level. He was educated at Tauranga Boys' College and was in the 1st XI from 1973 to 1976. John Bracewell is the uncle of test representative Doug Bracewell and first-class representative Michael Bracewell.[2]

Playing career

Bracewell scored 1,001 runs in Tests, and 512 in ODI matches, with late-order hard-hitting right hand batting, and took 102 Test and 33 ODI wickets with his right-arm off-breaks.[2] He holds the record for the longest ODI career without scoring a half-century or taking a three-wicket haul.[3] His Test career included one century – 110 against England on 7 August 1986.[4] He scored four first-class centuries in all as part of the 4,354 first class runs during a career for Auckland and Otago. He took 522 first class wickets.[2]

John Bracewell still has the record for the most number of catches taken by a substitute fielder in an ODI innings with 4 and also the only substitute fielder to take 4 catches in an ODI.[5]


Bracewell's approach to team selection has fallen under scrutiny during the 2006/2007 season.[2] Despite levelling the home series with Sri Lanka two-all, New Zealand's top order batting has consistently displayed frailty, and this was most apparent after New Zealand compiled a dismal team total of 73 in one ODI during that series. Moreover, Bracewell has opted for a "rotation" policy within his squad for determining team selections, meaning the batting line-up has been shuffled consistently between successive ODIs. This has received criticism from local media who highlight that New Zealand Cricket is not currently afforded the luxury of a reserve pool of competitive international players, thus making the policy somewhat redundant.

Bracewell also controversially called Australian Fast-bowler Shaun Tait a chucker, and copped a lot of criticism from the cricketing community and also 'revealing' that Adam Gilchrist ducked out of the One-Day match in Hobart because of family issues but shortly, Bracewell withdrew these comments and issued an official apology.[6]


In 1990, Bracewell was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[1]


  1. ^ a b Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 74. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  2. ^ a b c d Smyth, Rob (January 2009). "Player Profile: John Bracewell". CricInfo. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  3. ^ Basevi, Travis; George Binoy (14 October 2009). "Fifty-three ODIs without a fifty or a three-for". CricInfo. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / JG Bracewell / Test matches". CricInfo. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Records | One-Day Internationals | Fielding records | Most catches by a substitute in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Braces apologises for Gilchrist rumour". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 October 2011.

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