James Bracey selected for national training group
GCCC cricketer James Bracey has been selected by the England National cricket-selectors to be part of the 30-man ‘behind-closed-doors training group’ who were going into camp at the Ageas Bowl on June 23 ahead of the first Test against the West Indies.
The group, along with a separate red-ball management team, will live, prepare and train on-site at the Ageas Bowl. On Wednesday July 1, the players will participate in a three-day practice match. After this match, the squad for the first Test will be selected.
Bracey has been training at the Bristol County Ground since the beginning of June alongside Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson and head of medical David Bartlett.
The 23-year-old Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman recently enjoyed an excellent tour Down Under with the England Lions.
Gloucestershire Head Coach Richard Dawson said: x“James has worked very hard. He got the opportunity to go away in the winter to India and then Australia. During both trips he trained hard, he learned a lot and most importantly he performed well. Since we have been back, he’s been batting beautifully and working a lot on his keeping.
“He’s a genuine top order batsman whereas the others are middle order. They have more time keeping than he does but I think he’s got the extra string to his bow with his batting.”