Cricket - Bracewell sorry after suffering injury

Fast bowler Doug Bracewell has apologised for his behaviour in the build-up to New Zealand's first Test against England after cutting his right foot on some glass in an "unfortunate accident".

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Cricket - Bracewell sorry after suffering injury

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Doug Bracewell is a doubt for the first Test

Reports on Monday suggested the 22-year-old may have suffered the injury during or after a party at his Napier home over the weekend. New Zealand Cricket has now confirmed how the gash was sustained and revealed that the player, who has expressed remorse for his actions, has been warned as to his future conduct.

A statement from NZC read: "New Zealand Cricket has reminded Black Caps fast bowler Doug Bracewell of his obligations and responsibilities as a NZC contracted player on the eve of the opening ANZ Test in Dunedin."

The statement went on: "Bracewell is in doubt for the first ANZ Test starting (on Wednesday, local time) after an unfortunate accident where he cut his right foot on some glass while cleaning up at his Napier home on Saturday morning."

Team manager Mike Sandle sat down with Bracewell and spoke of his disappointment that he has put himself in doubt for the Dunedin Test as well as "concerns about events at his home in recent weeks" having brought unwelcome attention to the team just days out from a Test, according to NZC.

"We've told Doug that he needs to take responsibility for what happens around him and that he needs to do all he can to ensure his preparation for international cricket is not compromised," Sandle said.

"Doug is very sorry for any inconvenience he has caused his team-mates and members of the public, and he has apologised to his neighbour in Napier."

New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief executive Heath Mills, who has worked closely with Sandle on the matter, added: "We want to ensure that incidents like this are not repeated and that we provide ongoing support for young players to ensure they are meeting all their obligations and responsibilities."

A decision on Bracewell's availability for the first Test, which gets under way at 2130 GMT on Tuesday night, will be made after Tuesday's training session finishes at 1300 local time (0200 GMT).

Ian Butler will train as cover for Bracewell.

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