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Bracewell to quit


John Bracewell will step down as Ireland cricket coach at the end of his current contract in December after 21⁄2 years in the job. Ireland were awarded test status by the Internatio­nal Cricket Council in June. However, following talks with Cricket Ireland this week, former New Zealand coach Bracewell, 59, and his employers are said to have agreed a ‘‘mutual decision’’ that he will not be the coach to lead the country into the test arena. ‘‘Having been down the full-on full member road before with New Zealand Cricket, it is not my desire to do so again,’’ Bracewell said.

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