Bracewell joins South Perth as head coach

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cal Looklo -

FOR­MER New Zealand Test cricket rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bren­don Bracewell has been ap­pointed head coach of the South Perth Cricket Club for sea­sons 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Since his re­tire­ment from first-class cricket in 1990, Bracewell has been a cricket coach­ing pro­fes­sional, run­ning his own academy based in Napier, New Zealand.

His most re­cent role was head coach of Gos­nells Cricket Club, where he guided the club to a maiden WACA First Grade grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance in 2014-15.

Bracewell was one of four broth­ers who played first-class cricket, and as a right-arm fast bowler, was picked to tour Eng­land in 1978 as an 18-year-old on the strength of three first-class matches.

He made an im­me­di­ate im­pres­sion in his de­but at The Oval where he re­moved Gra­ham Gooch and Mike Brear­ley in his open­ing burst, and fin­ished the three-Test se­ries with nine wickets.

But in­juries took their toll, and he played only three more Tests over the next seven years be­fore re­tir­ing early.

His last hur­rah came when sur­pris­ingly se­lected to tour Australia in 1989-90.

The club has also ap­pointed Dirk Bevilaqua as direc­tor of cricket for sea­son 201516.

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