Dead cock­a­too made me do it, says Bracewell

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WELLING­TON: New Zealand crick­eter Doug Bracewell has been sen­tenced to 100 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice for a third drink-driv­ing of­fence af­ter blam­ing the killing of a pet cock­a­too by dogs for his de­ci­sion to drive home drunk from a func­tion.

The 26-year-old fast bowler was pulled over by po­lice in March and re­turned a blood-al­co­hol read­ing more than three times the le­gal limit.

His lawyer told the Hastings District Court that Bracewell had been drink­ing at a func­tion when his girl­friend called him in dis­tress af­ter their cock­a­too was killed by dogs they were mind­ing for a friend, the lo­cal news­pa­per Hawke’s Bay To­day re­ported yes­ter­day.

Judge Bridge Mack­in­tosh also dis­qual­i­fied him from driv­ing for a year and said the 27-Test crick­eter had let him­self, his fam­ily and New Zealand Cricket down.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said they would not im­pose any ad­di­tional penalty.

“NZC notes Mr Bracewell suf­fered a se­ri­ous leg in­jury in Fe­bru­ary and is un­likely to re­sume his com­pet­i­tive cricket ca­reer un­til next sum­mer,” lo­cal me­dia quoted the or­gan­i­sa­tion as say­ing in a state­ment.

“Un­der these cir­cum­stances, and con­sid­er­ing the penalty im­posed in the Hastings District Court to­day, NZC will be tak­ing no fur­ther puni­tive ac­tion.”

Bracewell, who has also played 14 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and 14 Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als, was pre­vi­ously caught drink driv­ing in 2008 and 2010 and has been in­volved in a string of al­co­hol­fu­elled in­ci­dents.

He was banned for a match in 2012 af­ter he and former New Zealand bats­man Jesse Ry­der were in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion with a per­son at a Napier bar while out drink­ing.

A year later he was ruled out of the first Test against Eng­land in Dunedin af­ter he cut his foot when step­ping on glass dur­ing a clean-up for a party at his house.

In 2014, he was fined af­ter an­other late night out drink­ing with Ry­der be­fore a Test against In­dia. Reuters

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