Northamptonshire, New Zealand, Doug Bracewell
Bracewell, who has played 125 first-class games, which include 27 Test matches for New Zealand, has pocketed 376 wickets. @ AFP

Northamptonshire have re-signed New Zealand allrounder Doug Bracewell for the last three games of the County Championship season. The move was taken after talks with West Indies pacer Kemar Roach went kaput and see Bracewell returns to the side where he played a few games at Wantage Road last summer.

“I got the buzz last week from Rips and I’m really excited to come back and hopefully help the lads get promoted to the top div.” Bracewell told northantscricket.com.

“I’m familiar with the bunch of the lads that are here and I really enjoyed my time here last year even though it was only 3 or 4 games. It always helps being in a familiar team with a little taste last year, I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

Bracewell, who has played 125 first-class games, which include 27 Test matches for New Zealand, has pocketed 376 wickets.

“Initially we’d spoken with Kemar Roach to add some more variety and a bit of express pace to our attack, but once that fell down we were keen to get someone of high all-round quality,” head coach David Ripley said.

“Being able to have Doug around for those three games is something we couldn’t really resist when we got a whiff he was interested in filling that void for us.”

Captain Adam Rossington was happy to welcome Bracewell back. “I think Doug’s a great signing for us for the last 3 games and our promotion push. He brings high quality skill with both bat and ball which we’ve seen from him before in a Northants shirt,” Rossington said.

Northants are currently third in the second division. Three teams will be promoted to Division One after the ongoing season.