Doug Bracewell tore his anterior cruciate ligament when fielding for Central Districts Stags against the Northern Knights over the weekend    Getty Images (File Photo)
Doug Bracewell tore his anterior cruciate ligament when fielding for Central Districts Stags against the Northern Knights over the weekend Getty Images (File Photo)

By Ian Ransom

New Zealand pace bowler Doug Bracewell will be sidelined from international cricket for up to two months after suffering a serious knee injury during a domestic Twenty20 match. The 26-year-old tore his anterior cruciate ligament when fielding for Central Districts Stags against the Northern Knights over the weekend, local media reported. The injury rules Bracewell out of New Zealand’s home test and limited overs series against Bangladesh later in December and in January and possibly the three-match one-day series against Australia from Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Bracewell, who was overlooked by selectors for the Pakistan test series, last played for the Black Caps in a one-day international against India in October.

Earlier, New Zealand s rebuilding one-day international side played with trepidation against a resurgent Australia and their lack of intensity in the field contributed to a 3-0 series whitewash, Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said. Australia, fired by another match-winning century from opener David Warner, completed the sweep with a 117-run rout of the touring side at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. That followed a pair of stinging losses for the Black Caps in Sydney and Canberra, magnifying a steep decline since Brendon McCullum s team contested the World Cup final against the same opponents in 2015. The first couple of games I d describe them as a passive performance, especially in the field and with the ball, Hesson told reporters.

There were some good signs [in Melbourne] with a more complete performance with the ball and in the field but we weren t able to back that up with the bat. The energy and intensity in the field is something we ve really instilled into whoever has come into the group and those first couple of games that was the most disappointing, that we didn t offer as much as we needed to in the field and didn t back up our bowlers enough. We haven t played well at all. We ve played a side with a little bit of trepidation. It s exposed us in some areas that we knew a little bit about but it s shown us we ve got plenty of room to move.