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92nd over: New Zealand 295-4 (Nicholls 17; Blundell 2) With every ball that lands quietly into Bracey’s gloves, may he rebuild his confidence. Wood charges in without reward.
“This sounds cruel, but is it possible the reason they didn’t play Leach was that they didn’t trust Bracey to be able to keep to a spinner?” asks Brad Carpenter. He’s well-thought of round the counties, even if his batting is considered his stronger suit. Put it down to nerves. Coming in as keeper must be the most difficult position, as you suddenly have to keep to bowlers who you aren’t used to, and with slips that you are new to.
91st over: New Zealand 294-4 (Nicholls 17; Blundell 1) Wood steams in, well up in the 90s, just a couple from the over..
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