Bracewell in as New Zealand search for back-to-back wins


New Zealand will be looking go back-to-back against Pakistan in their second one-day international on Thursday, but will have to do so without Mitchell McClenaghan. 

McLean Park in Napier is the location for the second of the three-match ODI series between the two nations. 

New Zealand took out the first game in Wellington with a 70-run victory, but lost left-handed batsman McCleneghan after he fractured the bone above his left eye.

The 29-year-old had the ball burst through his helmet grille while he was batting, and is set to undergo minor cosmetic surgery for the injury on Friday.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has brought in fast bowler Doug Bracewell as a replacement for the remaining two games. 

"Obviously our main focus is making sure Mitch is okay, and we'll continue to monitor him over the coming days," 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 and brings a lot to the side."

The Black Caps were on the ropes at 99 for 6 in their first match-up against Pakistan but had Henry Nicholls to thank after his 82-run contribution.

Pakistan's quicks were crucial in the early stages of New Zealand's innings but they will need a better all-round performance if they are to keep the series alive. 

They will also need a better performance in the batting ranks, with a score of 210 in their first hit-out far too low for an ODI performance. 

Another crucial factor is the crowd's treatment of Mohammad Amir, after the Pakistani was taunted after recently returning to international cricket following a five-year ban and jail-time due to his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal.

Rain is forecasted for Napier on Thursday, which may cause some chaos, and probably not a whole lot of cricket.