Michael Bracewell is a New Zealand cricketer, who plays as a batting allrounder for the national cricket team. He represents Wellington in domestic cricket. In 2023, Bracewell scored the third-fastest century for New Zealand in ODI cricket in the first match of the series against India. In the same year, he was chosen by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL series as a replacement player for Will Jacks who was injured.
Michael Gordon Bracewell Cricket Wellington was born on Thursday, 14 February 1991 (age 32 years; as of 2023) in Masterton, New Zealand. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. His hometown is Dunedin, New Zealand. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in business and finance (2015 – 2018) at Massey University, New Zealand. Michael Bracewell – Linkedin His family has a great history of cricket, and since childhood, he was interested in cricket. He used to visit Carisbrook stadium, New Zealand when he was 10 years old, where he would watch matches between Black Caps and England. According to him, his father used to give him cricketing advice since he was 2 years old and valued the most.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Michael’s father’s name is Mark Bracewell, who is a former first-class cricketer.
Michael has two paternal uncles, Brendon Bracewell, John Bracewell, and Douglas Bracewell. All of them are former cricketers.
His cousins’ names are Doug Bracewell, who is a cricketer, and Melanie Bracewell, who is a comedian, actress and scriptwriter.
Wife & Children
He got married to Lauren Ralston Bracewell on 22 June 2019.
Together, they have a son, Lennox.
He was in a relationship with Lauren Ralston Bracewell before getting married to her in 2019.
He played for New Zealand Under-19s. He was named to New Zealand’s squad for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2010. He made his debut at FC matches on 24-27 February 2011 against Central D at Napier. He made his debut in List A matches on 9 January 2011 against Wellington at Alexandra. He made his debut in T20 matches on 2 November 2012 against Northern Dis at Hamilton. He was part of the Otago cricket team, nicknamed the Volts, a New Zealand first-class cricket team from September 2011 to April 2017.
He joined the Wellington cricket team in September 2017. Later, he became the captain of the team. In June 2018, he received a contract for the 2018-2019 season with Wellington Firebirds. In March 2020, he played the 2019–20 Plunket Shield season and took his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket in round six. In June 2020, he again received the contract from Wellington ahead of the 2020–21 domestic cricket season. On 8 January 2022, during the 2021–22 Super Smash tournament, Bracewell scored 141 not out for the Wellington Firebirds against the Central Stags, recording the highest score in a Twenty20 cricket match in New Zealand.
In March 2022, he was chosen for New Zealand’s One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their home series against the Netherlands. In May 2022, he was chosen for New Zealand’s Test squad for their tour of England. In July 2022, he played an ODI match against Ireland and scored his first century. On 20 July 2022, in a T20I series against Ireland, Bracewell claimed his first hat-trick in T20I cricket in the first over he bowled in an international match. In December 2022, he was selected for the New Zealand national cricket team in all three forms of the game. In January 2023, in an ODI match against India, he scored the third-fastest century for New Zealand. After his performance, he became the only batter to score more than one century while batting at number seven or below after MS Dhoni. Chasing 350 for victory in an ODI match against India, Michael pulled off an extraordinary performance after New Zealand’s score slumped to 131/6. He went batting on number 7 and scored 140 runs off 78 deliveries. His performance was appreciated a lot by everyone, but the team did not win the match. In an interview, he talked about his performance and said,
T20 has been a huge influence on one day cricket and that is what makes one day cricket so exciting. You can be in a position like we were in and you can still work your way up to a position of power. I don’t think we got ourselves to a position of power but we got ourselves in a position where we could have won the game.”
On 31 March 2023, before the IPL series, he played in the instar-squad practice match and scored 105 off 55 balls, including 8 fours and 7 sixes.
In 2023, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) for Rs. 1 Crore to replace the England batter, Will Jacks.
In May 2019, he joined FNZ Group as a Corporate Actions Analyst and worked there till June 2021. In June 2021, he joined Flux Federation as an Accounts Assistant and worked there till February 2022.
- His jersey number for New Zealand is #4.
- His batting style is the left-hand bat and his bowling style is right-arm off-break.
- He has a tattoo inked on his waist.
- In January 2010, he was issued the Level 2 Coaching Certificate from New Zealand Cricket Association. Michael Bracewell – Linkedin
- In 2023, when he was bowling in a match against Sri Lanka, the ball changed its direction because the weather turned windy, resulting in a hilarious scene. The incident occurred because the wind led to the bowl landing on the edge of the pitch and all the players were surprised.
- On 27 February 2023, while he was batting in the test match between New Zealand and England, he did not slide the bat into the crease after the ball was passed by baller Stokes’ to England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. His bat and feet were in the air because of which he was bowled. His performance was criticized by many people who thought that he took the game casually as it is the first thing taught to any cricketer.