Bracewell expecting spin test

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New Zealand's Doug Bracewell is expecting more turn for India's spin bowlers at the Chinaswamy Stadium
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New Zealand's Doug Bracewell is expecting more turn for India's spin bowlers at the Chinaswamy Stadium

New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell is expecting another trial by spin in the second Test against India despite wet weather in the build-up offering hope of assistance for the tourists.

The Black Caps were spun out in the first Test, with 18 of their 20 wickets falling to the slow bowlers as they crashed to a heavy innings and 115-run defeat. Ravichandran Ashwin snared 12 wickets, with fellow finger spinner Pragyan Ojha taking a further six, but their dominance may not be replicated in Bangalore this week following monsoon conditions.

Despite that Bracewell expects any grass cover to be removed before Friday's opening day as they bid to level the two-Test series. "Obviously we don't face as much spin back home as we do in the sub-continent," he said. "We have looked at the wicket, there's a bit of grass over there at the moment, but I'd say they'll definitely shave it off."

He added: "They'll probably get it as dry and take as much of the grass on it as possible off. But at the moment it looks quite nice and I think the overcast weather is also helping us and if it stays like this, it might work into our favour a little bit."

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed he had asked groundsman Narayan Raju to prepare a turning wicket but knows the conditions mean his side will have to be wary of New Zealand's new-ball attack.

"New Zealand is a good bowling side and will come up with good bowling plan by exploiting the overcast conditions at Chinnaswamy stadium," he said.

"The first spell will be really crucial for both sides.

"Indian batsmen have to negotiate their pace and they have to get as many wickets as possible."

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