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New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell apologises for behaviour over injury ahead of first Test against England

Doug Bracewell: Warned by NZC over future conduct

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Doug Bracewell has issued an apology after suffering a freak injury on the eve of New Zealand's first Test against England.

The Kiwi paceman sustained a gashed right foot when treading on some broken glass in an "unfortunate incident" over the weekend.

Reports suggested the 22-year-old had hosted a party at his Napier home over the weekend, and New Zealand Cricket confirmed they had received an apology from the seamer and that he has been warned over 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.

"Bracewell is in doubt for the first ANZ Test 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 added that "concerns about events at his home in recent weeks" were badly timed with the team preparing for the opening Test.

"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."

He will now undergo a fitness test on Tuesday, with Ian Butler set to deputise if Bracewell is ruled unavailable.

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