[caption id="attachment_672006" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-672006" alt="Doug Bracewell (c) made a memorable comeback in 1st ODI vs West Indies AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/bracewell-gayle2.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Doug Bracewell (second from left) made a memorable comeback in 1st ODI vs West Indies AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/New-Zealand" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> mauled <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/West-Indies" target="_blank">West Indies</a> by 5 wickets in the first match of the three-ODI series on Wednesday. Their star performer with the ball was Doug Bracewell who had recovered from a knee injury and a 100-hour community service sentence following a drink-driving offence. Bracewell shared his feeling ahead of his comeback as "nervous and anxious". On the other hand, debutant Todd Astle playing an international match after a year termed his maiden ODI as "dream come true". The duo shared 7 wickets to topple West Indies. <p></p> <p></p>"The first couple of games I was nervous and I guess anxious at the same time. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to go after a winter of rehab and a bit of hard work. I'm not going to lie, it was pretty tough. I was quite sore but I managed to get through and now it seems to get better each day," stated Bracewell. <p></p> <p></p>Leg-spinner Astle, not related to Nathan and Lisa, made a valid point after his heroics in the first ODI: "Any little bit of doubt you can create, that's what I'm trying to bring with bowling those variations and wrong 'uns. You're only going to be unknown for a certain period of time. There will now be lots of video footage, so it's just trying to stay one step ahead." <p></p> <p></p>New Zealand and West Indies will lock horns for the penultimate ODI at Christchurch on Saturday (December 23).