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NATHAN BRACKEN
Left-arm fast bowler; right-hand bat

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Nathan Bracken
Born: 12/11/77
Team: New South Wales
Test debut: v India at Brisbane, 2003/04
ODI debut: v West Indies at Melbourne, 2000/01

Tall and slim in the Glenn McGrath/Bruce Reid mould, Bracken bowls a full length, moves the ball both ways and fitted easily into Australia's rampant one-day squad in 2000-01.

But a shoulder injury cut short his maiden Ashes tour in 2001 after just two matches and he was forced to spend a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

He returned to the national colours during the 2003 World Cup, when Jason Gillespie dropped out with a heel injury, but did not play a game.

However, with Glenn McGrath out of the series against India, he was handed a Test debut in Brisbane before being ruthlessly dropped in favour of Brad Williams.



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