New Zealand National Cricket Team player Michael Bracewell, who is a left-handed batter and a right-arm off-spinner, dismissed the idea of draw in the second Test match against England and said that they always try to play positively and win Test games.
The second Test of the three-match Test series between England and New Zealand is being played at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham. England are currently having a 1-0 lead in the series, having won the first Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
New Zealand didn’t have a good Day 4 in the 2nd Test as they fell from 104 for 1 to 131 for 4 and then to 213 for 7. At Stumps on Day 4, New Zealand were at 224/7 and the Black Caps were leading by 238 runs.
Meanwhile, Bracewell talked about his knock in New Zealand’s second innings and said that he smashed some good boundaries but was unable to play a big knock for his side.
“We try to play positively as a side and ultimately try to win games of Test cricket. The plan was to get out there and be super positive. I managed to get a couple out of the middle but unfortunately I couldn’t push on to a bigger score,” Michael Bracewell was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Bracewell scored 25 runs off 17 balls, including 4 fours and 1 six in the second innings.
The draw sort of comes out of it at the end if the win is not possible – Michael Bracewell
Kiwi Michael Bracewell, who scored 49 runs in the first innings followed by 3 for 62 when England batted, said that their aim is to secure a Test series win against England to get crucial World Test Championship points. He said:
“The draw sort of comes out of it at the end if the win is not possible, rather than the other way round. We’re willing to win a Test series against England. You want to secure as many WTC points as possible. We ultimately want to win games of cricket and if that comes tomorrow where we have to bowl a little bit more negatively towards the end of the day, we’ll play that way. But yeah, we’re always aiming to win games of cricket.”
Michael Bracewell further said that the wicket is deteriorating nicely and expressed excitement at the prospect of bowling in the last innings of the match. He said:
“The wicket is deteriorating nicely for us. It seems to be getting a little bit more turn and bounce there. Leachy showed that today so, yeah, I’m excited to get out there and bowl on it. The England team might come up with a few different plans to try and play me in this fourth innings. It’ll be an exciting day to really test my skills against some of the best players in the world.”
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