<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a> <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_610395" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Doug-Bracewell.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-610395" alt=" Getty Images (File Photo)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Doug-Bracewell.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> This is Doug Bracewell's 3rd drink-driving offence in 10 years Getty Images (File Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand" target="_blank"><strong></strong>New Zealand</a> fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/doug-bracewell" target="_blank">Doug Bracewell</a> was sentenced to 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to drink-driving after dogs ate his pet parrot. The 26-year-old was more than three times over the New Zealand legal limit when police pulled him over last month. It was his third drink-driving offence in 10 years. The court was told Bracewell decided to drive home from a function after receiving a call from his distressed partner who told him their pet cockatoo had been killed by dogs they were looking after for a friend. His lawyer, Ron Mansfield, said the offending was not about a disregard for road rules but came from a "genuine concern" for his partner. <p></p> <p></p>"The cockatoo was of some significance to his partner and she was quite distraught," he said. Bracewell had previously issued a statement saying he made a "massive mistake" by driving home. "This was no-one's fault but my own... I'm deeply embarrassed to have let down so many people - be they family, friends, or cricket-lovers." <p></p> <p></p>During sentencing, Judge Bridget Mackintosh noted Bracewell's two previous drink-driving convictions were "somewhat historic" but said his alcohol reading was "relatively high", and community work was appropriate. <p></p> <p></p>Bracewell, who has taken 72 Test wickets, could have faced up to two years in jail. He has a history of alcohol-fuelled incidents and was suspended for one Test in 2014 after going on a drinking spree with batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jesse-ryder/" target="_blank">Jesse Ryder</a>, during which he broke a bone in his foot. <p></p> <p></p>In 2012, he missed the Test series against England after cutting a foot when he stood on broken glass while cleaning up after a party at his house. Ryder and Bracewell were also suspended for a match in 2012 after an altercation with a bar patron while drinking after a one-dayer against South Africa.