Doug Bracewell (c) made a memorable comeback in 1st ODI vs West Indies    AFP
Doug Bracewell (second from left) made a memorable comeback in 1st ODI vs West Indies AFP

New Zealand mauled West Indies 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.

“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.

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.”

New Zealand and West Indies will lock horns for the penultimate ODI at Christchurch on Saturday (December 23).