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England v New Zealand: Keeper James Bracey wants spot in hosts' top three

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England v New Zealand: Keeper James Bracey wants spot in hosts' top three



James Bracey says he is สล็อตxo eager to prove he can bat in England's top three if he is given his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord's on Wednesday.


Bracey is set to keep wicket and bat at number seven, but usually bats in the top three for Gloucestershire.


"It's an opportunity to not only push myself with the gloves but really show what I can do with the bat," said the 24-year-old.


"I want to be batting in the top three as well."


With Jos Buttler rested, Ben Foakes was set to play his first home Test, only to tear his hamstring when he slipped in the Surrey dressing room.


Left-hander Bracey was in the squad as cover for the batting and keeping spots, having been around the England set-up for most of the past year.


"I'm in a really good place with my batting," he said. "I came out of the winter tours to Asia and thought I could do a job in Test cricket in the top three. That's what I've been aiming to do."


England have used four different keepers in Test cricket in the past two years - Buttler, Foakes and Jonny Bairstow, while Ollie Pope was called on as injury cover on tour in New Zealand in 2019.


Although Bracey kept as a youngster, he only established himself as Gloucestershire's first-choice keeper after taking the gloves on England Lions' tour of Australia at the beginning of last year.

Topic starter Posted : 01/06/2021 5:19 am