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    Bracewell called in to replace injured McClenaghan


    Doug Bracewell will replace injured pacer Mitchell McClenaghan for the final two One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Pakistan, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Tuesday (January 26). McClenaghan suffered a fracture to his left eye socket in the hosts' 70-run win in the first ODI after an Anwar Ali bouncer burst through the helmet grill and struck him above the eye.

    McClenaghan, who didn't take part in the second innings of the Wellington game, will now undergo minor cosmetic surgery on Friday. The injury is not expected to sideline him for long, but a return date is unconfirmed ahead of the Chappell-Hadlee series opener against Australia in Auckland next Wednesday.

    "Our main focus is making sure Mitch is okay and we'll continue to monitor him over the coming days," New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said. "Doug has been in superb form this summer and we're confident he can come in and do a good job for us. He's an integral member of our wider bowling group."

    Bracewell featured in the recently-concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, where he took four wickets from three games at 28.25. He was, however, left out of the initial squad to face Pakistan.

    The second ODI will be played at the McLean Park in Napier on Thursday.

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