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Doug Bracewell: Northants sign New Zealand seamer ahead of new season

Doug Bracewell will spend the first part of the season with Northamptonshire. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire have signed New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell for the first part of the upcoming season.

The 27-year-old will be available for the first month of the campaign, before the arrival of South African all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt in May.

Bracewell has taken 72 wickets in 27 test matches for his country, and has also played in one-day internationals and Twenty20 fixtures.

Bracewell has a highest score of 105 with the bat. Credit: PA

“We’re delighted to have secured Doug’s services for the first part of the season until Rory is able to join us for the 50 over competition," Head Coach David Ripley said.

“He is highly skilled and vastly experienced, with plenty of international experience under his belt, and he will give us the additional firepower we need alongside an already high quality attacking unit.

“His presence will certainly add some competition for places, which is always healthy for the boys. We’re delighted to be getting him over.”