Doug Bracewell's four-wicket haul puts Kiwis in control against Derbyshire

Doug Bracewell had missed the home series against England due to a foot injury © Getty Images (File Photo)

London: May 6, 2013

Doug Bracewell claimed an impressive four-wicket haul on the second day of New Zealand’s warm-up match with Derbyshire on Sunday to strengthen his claim for a place in the tourists’ Test side.

Having declared on 289 for five on day one, New Zealand bowled the English county side out for 154 as Bracewell finished with figures of four for 28.

By the close of play, they were 199 for five in their second innings — a lead of 334 — thanks mainly to an unbroken century stand from BJ Watling (61) and Tom Latham (47).

Bracewell missed England’s tour of New Zealand after cutting his foot on some glass as he cleaned up after a party and is now hoping to force his way into the team for the forthcoming two-Test series with Alastair Cook’s men.

“I was looking forward to the previous series and I felt my form was pretty good going in, so I was gutted,” he said.

“There was a few stories but I just stood on a piece of glass while I was cleaning up. I had a few mates round the night before and it happened in the morning. It was pretty bad luck, really. A silly little thing like that to make you miss three Tests, important Tests, is pretty annoying.

“Neil [Wagner] has come in and taken wickets, so credit to him, but every game you play you’re trying to prove a point. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m pretty happy with my performance today. It was good to get some overs under my belt.”

New Zealand play the first Test against England at Lord’s on May 16.