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Michael Bracewell ruled out of the World Cup

New Zealand’s preparations for the fifty-over World Cup, which will be in India in October, have taken a major setback. After Kane Williamson, their star all-rounder Michael Bracewell has been ruled out of the World Cup.

The 32-year-old ruptured his right achilles tendon while playing for Worcestershire Rapids in the English T20 Blast. Bracewell will undergo surgery in Britain and would require six to eight months to return to action.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead reacted to Bracewell’s injury and remarked, “You have to feel for Michael. He will miss the World Cup. I talked to him, and he is naturally disappointed but understands that injuries are a part of the sport and is focused on his rehabilitation.”

Before Bracewell, New Zealand’s white-ball skipper Kane Williamson suffered a knee injury in the opening game of IPL 16, following which he underwent surgery and would miss the upcoming tournament. Nevertheless, Kane will travel to India to support his team as a mentor.

Bracewell, who last visited India for his IPL stint with RCB, has done well for his country in the fifty-over format, as the 32-year-old has 510 runs in 19 games, which includes two centuries. In the bowling department, Michael has 15 ODI wickets in 19 matches.

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