Doug Bracewell joins Essex Cricket


Essex Cricket is delighted to announce that Doug Bracewell has joined the Club for a 10-game stint in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Bracewell will link up with the squad after the opening fixture against Middlesex and will then be available for Essex’s first-class fixtures until the end of July, starting with a home fixture against Lancashire.

The 32-year-old bowler from New Zealand has featured 28 times for his nation in Test cricket, taking 74 wickets and best bowling match figures of 9/60.

After making his white-ball international debut aged 21, when New Zealand toured Zimbabwe in 2011, Bracewell was given his Test debut where he took six wickets.

The bowler has already had a taste of domestic cricket in the UK, signing for Northamptonshire in the summer of 2018 where he took 15 wickets to help the side gain promotion to Division One.

After signing for the Club, Bracewell said: “I’m really excited to be joining Essex for the 2023 red-ball campaign. I’ve had experience playing County Cricket a few years ago and I can’t wait to get over to Chelmsford and meet the lads.”

“Essex have been a strong County for a long period of time and I’m looking forward to hopefully playing a big part in the team’s success this season.”

Head Coach Anthony McGrath added: “It’s great that we’ve been able to secure Doug for a long stint of our County Championship season. He is a player who has lots of international experience and will bolster our squad adding strong squad depth.

“He has recently featured for New Zealand in their Test series against Sri Lanka and was in excellent form for the Central Districts throughout their 2022/23 season, so we’re excited to welcome him to the Club.”