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New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell in squad for third and final Test with England

Doug Bracewell: Pushing for a return ahead of the deciding Test

New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell is back in the squad for the third and final Test match against England in Auckland.

With the series locked at 0-0 after two draws, Bracewell is hoping to make the XI having shaken off the foot injury he suffered on the eve of the first clash in Dunedin.

The 22-year-old quick must prove his fitness in a domestic match for Central Stags tomorrow, and head coach Mike Hesson said: "Doug's availability creates a real battle for spots for this deciding ANZ Test against England.

"It also helps to manage the workload for a group of bowlers who have carried a heavy load during the first two Tests.

"We'll be keenly watching how he performs in the Ford Trophy tomorrow and how his foot comes through the game."

Veteran seamer Ian Butler, who deputised for Bracewell in the squad for the first Test, is retained alongside back-up opener Tom Latham.

New Zealand squad: B McCullum, T Boult, D Bracewell (pending getting through Ford Trophy match tomorrow), D Brownlie, I Butler, P Fulton, T Latham, B Martin, H Rutherford, T Southee, R Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, K Williamson.

Who will win the decisive third and final Test between New Zealand and England?

  • New Zealand
  • England
  • Draw